Jim Kershner’s this day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago
The lawyer for Della Olds, on trial for the murder of her physician husband, demanded that Mrs. Olds’ “confession,” given to police when they arrived on the scene, be thrown out of court.
Her lawyer said the police refused to allow her to seek counsel before speaking and did not advise her of her rights. He referred to the police line of questioning as an “inquisition” and a “rank miscarriage of justice.”
Her lawyer went even further. He claimed the detective, in refusing to advise her of her rights, was acting under orders from the prosecutor and the police chief. The prosecutor objected, and the objection was sustained.
Other testimony was given about the blood spatters found at the murder scene and the location of the telephone, relative to the corpse.
A huge crowd gathered at the courthouse an hour before the opening day of testimony, and “the doors were rushed when court opened.”
Also on this date
(From the Associated Press)
1914: Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, were assassinated in Sarajevo by Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip – the event that sparked World War I.
1939: Pan American Airways began regular trans-Atlantic air service with a flight that departed New York for Marseilles, France.