Celebrated Criminal Cases of America

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James H. Barry Company, 1910 - Crime - 657 pages

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There are many accounts of Johann Hoch, the bigamist murderer who was hanged in 1906. And this book also provides an account. However, the facts are confused in many of the newspaper articles, perhaps because it was such a sensational story and there were so many details. It appears that the misinformation was adopted by this author. Many newspaper stories say that Hoch admitted to taking the surname of the woman in Wheeling, WV. He arrived in Wheeling under the name of JACOB HUFF and he married CAROLINE HOCH in 1895. He later said he took her name but had not married her - but he had married her! Her name was Caroline HOCH, a widow. She was NOT Mary Hoch as stated in this book. She was originally Caroline MILLER and she married Adoplph HOCH in Wheeling, Ohio County, WV in 1885. The marriage record is at the county courthouse. Don't know what happened to Adolph but the courthouse has the record of the marriage of Caroline HOCH, who married JACOB HUFF in 1895 (April 18). So she died as Mrs. Caroline Huff and she is buried at Redmen's Cemetery in Wheeling as Caroline Huff. The bigamist/murderer took her surname when he left Wheeling and moved on to Chicago. 


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Page 506 - Especially in a case exciting so much attention as this, discovery must come, and will come sooner or later. A thousand eyes turn at once to explore every man, every thing, every circumstance connected with the time and place ; a thousand ears catch every whisper ; a thousand excited minds intensely dwell on the scene, shedding all their light, and ready to kindle the slightest circumstance into a blaze of discovery.
Page 505 - Ah ! Gentlemen, that was a dreadful mistake. Such a secret can be safe nowhere. The whole creation of God has neither nook nor corner where the guilty can bestow it, and say it is saf,e. Not to speak of that eye which...
Page 505 - It is accomplished. The deed is done. He retreats, retraces his steps to the window, passes out through it as he came in, and escapes. He has done the murder. No eye has seen...
Page 507 - ... would hereafter be committed, because it punishes, not to satisfy any desire to inflict pain, but simply to prevent the repetition of crimes. When the guilty, therefore, are not punished, the law has, so far, failed of its purpose; the safety of the innocent is, so far, endangered. Every unpunished murder takes away something from the security of every man's life.
Page 504 - Whoever shall hereafter draw the portrait of murder, if he will show it as it has been exhibited, where such example was last to have been looked for...
Page 503 - I am little accustomed, gentlemen, to the part which I am now attempting to perform. Hardly more than once or twice has it happened to me to be concerned, on the side of the government, in any criminal prosecution whatever; and never, until the present occasion, in any case affecting life. " But 1 very much regret that it should have been thought necessary to suggest to you that I am brought here to ' hurry you against the law, and beyond the evidence.
Page 603 - shall forcibly confine, or detain, or aid and abet in forcibly confining, or detaining, on board such ship or vessel, any negro or mulatto, not held to service by the laws of either of the States or Territories of the United States...
Page 507 - The criminal law is not founded in a principle of vengeance. It does not punish, that it may inflict suffering. The humanity of the law feels and regrets every pain it causes, every hour of restraint it imposes, and more deeply still, every life it forfeits. But it uses evil, as the means of preventing greater evil. It seeks to deter from crime, by the example of punishment. This is its true, and only true main object. It restrains the liberty of the few offenders, that the many who do not offend...
Page 504 - England society, let him not give it the grim visage of Moloch, the brow knitted by revenge, the face black with settled hate, and the blood-shot eye emitting livid fires of malice.
Page 507 - Crowninshields and the two Knapps were conspirators? Why do they rail against Palmer, while they do not disprove, and hardly dispute, the truth of any one fact sworn to by him ? Instead of this, it is made matter of sentimentality that Palmer has been prevailed upon to betray his bosom companions, and to violate the sanctity of friendship.

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