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Woman Is Rational
Posted by: Denise Hansen (ID *****6694) Date: April 10, 2012 at 10:23:29
In Reply to: Dr Roy A. Miles Collins.1878. Hartington Cedar county, Nebraska. by Jens Holstein-Rathlou of 15650

From the Oregonian, dated July 31, 1909:

Woman Is Rational
Mrs. Collins Says She Doesn’t Remember Killing Husband
Mind, She Says, Is Blank
Cannot Recall Any Incidents Prior to Finding Herself With Gun in Hand, When She Called for Dr. Frisbie – Tells of Her Life

Actual circumstances of the shooting of Dr. Roy A. Miles Collins last Saturday morning, presumably by his wife, Mrs. Kate Van Winkle Collins, are unknown to the alleged murderess, according to her statement. For the first time since the tragedy occurred, Mrs. Collins returned to her rational self yesterday for a brief period and talked freely of her situation to her daughter, Mrs. Charles Garber, of Fishers Landing, Wash. Mrs. Collins says her mind is a blank so far as the actual shooting is concerned and for several minutes afterward.

“The first thing I remember after the shooting was the smell of powder,” she said. “What occurred prior to that time I do not seem to remember.”

“I guess I must have done it. I remember having the revolver in my hand. Then I placed it in a trunk and called Dr. Frisbie. After that I do not seem to remember much. I recall my experiences of the last week as a dream,” said Mrs. Collins.

Mrs. Collins was questioned as to what occurred just prior to the shooting and what words were exchanged between herself and husband. She also says she remembers nothing during the time they were packing and preparing to leave the home of Major J.A. Sladen at 723 Flanders street.

“I want them to hurry up and get through with the trial,” she concluded. “I do not care what is done with me.”

Mrs. Collins returned to a rational state yesterday morning, following a sleep of almost 10 hours. She appeared refreshed and had a different look on her face, according to Patrolman Gill, who has guarded her during the day since she was taken to Mountain View Sanatorium. She talked to the patrolman for some time and then dropped off into a fitful slumber, from which she suddenly awakened and exclaimed that she smelled gunpowder in a dream.

Unless there are additional developments this morning, the lunacy commission, which was to be appointed in compliance with an application made by Judge P.L. Willis, to examine into Mrs. Collins’ mental condition, will not meet before next week.

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