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Cyanide found in stomach of Mr. L. Goldbaum's wife

2011-11-18T00:00:00Z Cyanide found in stomach of Mr. L. Goldbaum's wifeArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 18, 2011 12:00 am  • 

In this year leading up to Arizona's centennial, Feb. 14, 2012, we'll reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.

Nogales, Ariz., Nov. 5, 1912 - Mrs. L. Goldbaum, who is a Mexican resident in Nogales, Sonora, and whose husband is an American, now in El Paso, died suddenly Sunday morning under circumstances rather suspicious. According to report, she received a letter and a box of capsules from her husband by M. Hendricks, a colored barber of Nogales, Arizona, who has done numerous errands for her. As she had not been well recently, Mrs. Goldbaum immediately took one of the capsules and in a very few minutes was dead.

A post mortem examination made today, of the stomach of Mrs. Goldbaum showed the presence of cyanide. There are not other developments in the case that can be ascertained.

When seen by a representative of the Star, M. Hendricks, the colored barber on the Arizona side, who delivered the fatal package, said he knew nothing about the case further than that known by the public. He has been in the habit of receiving letters, money and packages from Goldbaum, intended for the latter's wife, and says that he delivered the "medicine" last Friday, together with $20 in cash. He says Mrs. Goldbaum was sick in bed at the time, complaining of a pain in her head. Hendricks exhibited a long typewritten letter from Goldbaum, written at El Paso, in which the writer instructed Hendricks to "take good care of his wife" and gave instructions about the delivery of the money and capsules. He said the latter were put up by his doctor in El Paso. In this letter, Goldbaum asserted his intention to leave immediately for Mexico City to secure title for certain mining claims in Sonora in which he and Hendricks are mutually interested.

Sheriff McKnight is working on the case and will communicate with the El Paso authorities as soon as those of Nogales, Sonora, take definite action.

- Arizona Daily Star

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