Posted By:Deborah Brownfield -Stanley
Subject:Murder and Suicide ~ Aford -Albert VanSickle
Post Date:October 19, 2005 at 15:55:21
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The Chariton Patriot
Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, August 4, 1875

AFORD VANSICKLE, a farmer living in Union County, south of Afton, started to
the latter place last Saturday accompanied by his wife and children, with a
load of hogs, upon the proceeds of which his wife intended visiting friends
in Illinois. They were proceeding quietly, when suddenly he put his arms
around his wife, and, kissing her, said: "You have caused me a great deal of
trouble and have got to die," and instantly fired with a revolver, two balls
entering her breast, and as she sprang from the wagon he fired another ball
into her back. The woman died almost immediately. VANSICKLE then laid down
beside the wife and shot himself. He is still lingering, but his death is

VANSICKLE was 37 years old and his wife was 40.

Thursday, August 11, 1875

ALBERT VANSICKLE, the Union County man who so strangely murdered his wife, and then shot himself, after living several days with a pistol ball in his brain, is dead, as we learn by the Afton Tribune. He was buried at the side of his murdered wife, and the same minister preached the funeral sermon of the slayer and the slain.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
October 19, 2005

*Aford? Albert?