June 29, 2012 in City

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

By The Spokesman-Review

From our archives, 100 years ago

A loose telephone jack was the catalyst that led, through a chain of misunderstandings, to the death of Dr. W.H. Olds, 60, at the hands of his wife, Della, 29. That was the testimony at the sensational trial at the Spokane County Courthouse. A police detective said he discovered a loose plug, which made it impossible to hear a voice after the telephone rang. Apparently, this had happened numerous times in the days before the shooting, causing Dr. Olds to become jealous and suspicious.

Then, on the fatal night, he came home, picked up the ringing phone and again heard no voice. He leapt to the conclusion that a man was repeatedly calling her and would only speak when she answered. She “rebuked him for his assertions and he struck her.” This started the fight that ended when she got a gun from another room and shot him in the skull.

The detective said the phone rang while he was investigating the crime that night. At first he couldn’t hear anything, but then he discovered the loose jack. He plugged it in and discovered that the caller was Dr. Olds’ daughter.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1613: The original Globe Theatre in London was destroyed by a fire. … 1956: Marilyn Monroe married playwright Arthur Miller in a civil ceremony in White Plains, N.Y.

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