The latest episode of “Heenan in the News” comes from Indiana, USA about a woman who robbed a neighbour of her inheritance.
The quality of the clipping isn’t great so I’ve included a transcript underneath the picture.
This snippet is from the Ottawa Daily Citizen of Tuesday, 13 February 1894, page 3
Played Gypsy – Got 2 Years
How a Woman Robbed Another of her Fortune and Home
Peru, Ind. Feb 11 – Mrs Michael Heenan was this morning sentenced to two years imprisonment for robbing Miss Mary Romley, an old maid, out of her house and fortune. Miss Romley lives in Logansport where a few years ago she built a house worth $2,000.
Mrs Heenan was a neighbour and understanding the weaknesses and inexperience of Miss Romley made up her mind to relieve her of the money she had inherited from her father. She began by turning her victim against her relatives, thus preventing interference, then disguised as a gypsy fortune teller she worked upon the feelings of the old maid at each one of her many visits.
There was always a call for money by the gypsy and always a response by Miss Romley. Finally all the ready cash amounting to $2,000 as urned over and then came a deed to Miss Romley’s house. At this the public interfered and Mrs Heenan was arrested, proved to have played the gypsy and sentenced to one year in prison. A new trial was granted and has just ended by a verdict of two years given by a Logansport [jury?]