Planned Killing Wife Before Ending Life

Mrs. Ingoldby Says Her Husband Was Jealous

Man Took Poison in Police Cell Soon After His Arrest

That Edward Ingolby, 30-year-old clerk, of No. 215 North Wilbur avenue, arrested for assault upon his wife and found dying of poison in his cell at police headquarters a few hours later last night, meant to kill her because of insane jealousy, is the story of the widow to-day.

Ingoldby went to the house last night and beat her with a club, threatening to kill the whole family, she says, before the police arived.  She stood him off by stabbing him with a table knife.  She was to have had separation proceedings papers served on him to-day.

Her story, told to a Herald reporter, is borne out by bruises and discolorations on her arms, and by report of morgue officials.  A superficial stab wound, showing the passage of a knife blade through the chest muscles, was noted on the man’s body.  It is also reported enough cyanide of potassium was found in his clothing to kill a hundred men.

Had Poison in Tobacco Box.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ingoldby
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ingoldby

The man had the deadly powder in his tobacco box, which was not suspected when he was arrested.  He got it at the plant of the Crucible Steel Company of America, where he was employed.

Difficulties of the couple date back nine years, according to the widow.  From the day of their wedding he kept her constantly under watch through apparent jealousy.  She tried constantly, she protests, to prove to him he never had or would have cause for such behavior.

They had three children born but this did not make much change.  He became more suspicious yearly and abusive in the last few months they lived together, she claims.  A fortnight ago they separated.  She became sick and a woman friend has been tending to her needs.  Ingolby frequented the neighborhood for the past week, and nightly calls for a patrolman to guard the house were sent in.

Wife Grabs Knife.

Last night the husband burst into the place through a rear door while his wife, three children, the woman friend, a Miss Thomspon, and a friend of hers, giving his name as Edward Guilfoyle, were seated about the dining table.

His little daughter asked the police for help, rushing to the telephone as soon as he came in.  Miss Thompson, the man, and the children fled.  The wife backed in to a corner kept the man from closing in on her by using the knife, she says.  He was able to beat her head, shoulders and arms.

Patrolman Davern got there in time to prevent any serious outcome immediately, and arrested the man.  He was taken into custody at 6:30 o’clock.  He was dead before an ambulance arrived.

Source: Syracuse Herald, December 1, 1916