Etta Smock

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Etta Smock - I percent-; WOMAN WHO KILLEff THREE NEAR DEATH...
I percent-; WOMAN WHO KILLEff THREE NEAR DEATH Little Hope. Held for Grand Bapids Mother. Who Tossed . . Children, in Water ACTION rS UNCERTAIN No Inquest Will Be Held but Sanity Test Looms in ; Case of Eecovery i GRAND RAPIDS, April 22 VP) Little hope was held Friday morning for the recovery of Mrs. Etta Butts, 41, who early Thursday tossed three of her four children to' their deaths in a cistern and then leaped into the-water in an attempt to end her own life. . : The "woman was in an unconscious condition in St." Mary's hospital and nhtfetlane t oa T-i-t nneiimnnia tmiTrt set in. She also was affected by water. gas in the cistern. Plans still were incomplete for a triple funeral for the-children, Ross, 7, Max, 9, and Betty, Jane, 4. No date has been set as yet-for the funeral. The bodies of - the -two 'little boys whose hands she bound with strips of cloth before WTapping their heads and that of the girl who. went to her death unfettered lay in a mortuary here. ; County, officers were undecided what course to take in the event Mrs. Butts should recover. Prosecutor B. J. Jonkman said she. would be given a sanity test. There is to be no inquest. Mrs. Butts in a letter to her husband and the surviving son. Jack. 19, revealed that worry over an impending operation to her throat had motivated her action. She wrote In the letter that she feared death and could not bear the thought of being separated from "my little sweethearte." sne requested that tne oooy or Betty Jane be placed in the same casket with her. "Don't let anyone tell you It can't be done," she urged in the letter. s

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  1. Lansing State Journal,
  2. 22 Apr 1932, Fri,
  3. Page 4

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