Decatur, Illinois, U.S.A.
2 May 1891
The Murderer of Carrie Brown in New York City
New York, April 30.
Inspector Byrnes has as last fastened the crime for the murder of Carrie Brown. The murderer is Frenchy No 1, who was arrested on Friday night, less than twenty four hours after committing the crime, and who has been under lock and key ever since. On the night of the murder Frenchy No 1 occupied room 33 in the East River hotel with a woman by the name of Mary Ann Lopez. This room was across the hall from that occupied by the Brown woman and her unknown companion. From information in the possession of the police it appears that the murdered woman's companion left her some time before 1 o'clock on Friday morning. George Francois (Frenchy No 1) had been at one time a lover of the old woman, but for some time become insanely jealous of her. He heard her leave the room, and shortly afterwards he got up, leaving his room mate, Mary Ann Lopez, asleep, and crossing the hall deliberately strangled and then disembowelled his victim.
This is the story of the police, and it is substantiated by the following facts: When Frenchy No 1 had completed his murderous work, he recrossed the hall and entered room number 33. In the room he left the evidence of his guilt. When the police made their investigation traces of blood were to be found on every side. The only chair which the room contained was covered with blood, smeared on the clothes of the murderer, he having sat down upon it when he entered the room. The bed clothes were found to be covered with blood, the murderer some time during the night having thrown himself upon the bed. His stockings (he having removed his shoes to do the bloody work) were soaked with blood and his clothing was also covered with blood. On the walls and ceiling of the little room many small spots of blood were found, the man having evidently entered the room with his hands reeking with blood and snapped his fingers to get rid of it. Scrapings from under the man's nails are said by chemists to contain blood.