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From the Oregonian, dated November 28, 1910:

Danish Count and Countess Jailed
First Wife of Murdered Dr. Collins and Husband Held for Larceny
Troubles of Pair Many

Under Name of V. Collins, Vigo von Holstein Rathlou Is Arrested
Couple Engaged as “Beauty Doctors,” Globetrotters

Registering at the police station under the plebeian names of V. Collins and wife, Count and Countess Vigo von Hosltein Rathlou, well known here in connection with a senstational elopement, the murder of Dr. Roy A. Miles Collins, and a second flitting with unpaid bills left behind, were returned to this city yesterday afternoon from Seattle by Detective Craddock, to answer to larceny charges.

With the erstwhile Count and Countess, now “beauty doctors,” came little “Billy,” the 6-year-old son of the Countess and the murdered doctor. The little chap asked, as the party passed within the jail, “what hotel are we going to now, mother?” and played about the station while his parents were being searched and consigned to cells. He was then taking in charge by Mrs. Ed Morris, a sister of the Countess, who lives at Tremont.

Returning to the city where they were involved in so many sensational affairs, the pair arrived a few weeks ago, direct from Copenhagen, Denmark, and established themselves in rooms at 854 East Main street, where they hung out their sign as facial beautifiers. They advertised for apprentices, charging a fee for teaching their art, and are alleged to have secured $10 from each of several persons in this way.

Complains Are Numerous
Packing their baggage to go to Seattle, last Wednesday, they included articles, it is charged, belonging to O.F. Ford, Nettie Johnson, and a Mrs. Schofield. Mr. and Mrs. Collins say that they did so under a misapprehension. Warrant was issued for their arrest and they were located by Detectives Mallett and Craddock at the Hotel Lansing, in Tacoma. After their arrest, a Tacoma woman lodged complaint with the police of that city that she had paid the pair $25 to instruct her in their art, upon their promise of a salary of $100 a month after she learned the business. They also bought much silver in Tacoma, on the installment plan, which Detective Craddock brought with his prisoners. Upon the person of Collins, Craddock found a number of keys, rudely filed, which would be capable of picking locks. Mrs. Collins was sent to the custody of Metren Simmons, and Collins was consigned to a solitary cell on the top floor of the jail.

Count Vigo von Holstein Rathlou first became known in this city through his elopement, in July, 1908, with his present wife, then the first wife of Dr. Roy A. Miles Collins, a practitioner of this city. The woman was Nora Long, a chorus girl, whom Dr. Collins married in Des Moines in 1902. They had one child, the boy “Billy,” whose custody the physician retained from the time of his divorce, in September, 1908, until his death.

Troubles Follow Elopers
The eloping pair went to New York, where they were arrested on a charge of attempting to fleece a chance acquaintance. They proceeded to Copenhagen, but could not be married there, and returned either to London or to this country to wed, one month after the woman was divorced by Dr. Collins.

The elopers had returned to this city and were living in apartments at 326 Tenth street, when Dr. Collins was shot and killed by his second wife, Mrs. Kate Collins, on account of jealousy of Countess Rathlou. Dr. and Mrs. Collins had been married but three months at the time of the tragedy, which occurred on the night of July 24, 1909, at the residence of J.A. Sladen, 722 Flanders street. The Rathlous were prominent witnesses before the Coroner and the District Attorney, and it was brought out that Mrs. Collins had made a threat to kill Countess Rathlou, on the occasion of a visit of the doctor’s former wife to her little boy. Again Mrs. Kate Collins secreted herself behind a curtain ad heard a conversation between Dr. Collins and the Countess, which the latter admitted was not what it would have been if she had known that anyone was listening.

Second Flitting Sudden
A few weeks after the death of Dr. Collins, the Rathlous flitted suddenly, leaving behind them a large number of disappointed creditors, including furniture houses, grocers, butchers, and laundrymen. They went to Copenhagen and nothing more was heard of them here until it developed last night that they had been living here under the suggestive name of Collins for several weeks.

Rathlou is a younger and discarded son of a noble family in Denmark. He confided to Craddock that his father had an income of $10,000 a month and that a brother would send him $1000 as soon as he could get the money without his parents knowing that it was for Vigo. Rathlou gave his occupation as that of “inventor” at the police station last night. In addition to the suspicious keys, he has a large assortment of gimlets, drills, files and saws in his possession. The prisoners will have a preliminary hearing in Municipal Court this morning.