Amityville Suicide Club!
Member dies of "Suicide by Murder!"
Suicide Club Members Kill themselves and each other in 1931.
Amityville made world headlines in 1931 because the police discovered a
secret suicide club in the village. A leader of the club told the police that if she committed
murder it would of been when "my soul had flown from my body." The claim
of the supernatural, insanity, and the killing of family show strong
similarities to the DeFeo Amityville killing. Below is a 1931 newspaper article about the
murder and the 50 members of the suicide club.
SPINSTER'S ARREST AS KILLER REVEALS L.I. SUICIDE
Only 26 Out of 50 Members Still Alive
Residents of Amityville were startled to-day to learn of a weird
"suicide cult" which already may have claimed the lives of 24 of its
original 50 members. The existence of such a "club" came to light,
authorities said, with the arrests of a 57 year-old spinster, Louise SCHWARZ,
who is under indictment on a second degree murder charge in connection
with the death of her invalid brother, Edward, 55. Miss SCHWARZ was taken into
custody when police said they had learned she was the only one who would have
had the opportunity or the motive for firing the shot which took her
brother's life. The tall angular woman is of an old and respected family here
and had devoted nearly all of her life to the care of her brother.
TELLS OF SUICIDE CLUB
She denied the killing and told police her brother took his own life as a
member of the suicide club. SCHWARZ was found last Wednesday, freshly
shaven and dressed in his best clothes, seated in an easy chair, dead.
His ankles were crossed and a revolver lay in his lap, loosely clutched
in his right hand. He had two wounds in his head.
Police at first accepted the suicide theory until the coroner pointed out that
one of the shots destroyed his motor centers and it would have been
impossible for him to have fired the second shot which caused his death.
The coroner also said that as SCHWARZ was a helpless invalid, it would have been
impossible for him to dress himself. Miss SCHWARZ was then arrested. She
told authorities that if she shot him she did so while "my soul had flown
from my body." Her brother, she said, had suffered almost unbearably for the
past 20 years and they had
agreed that it was best for him to end it all.
ONLY 26 REMAIN
This agreement came, she said, after a meeting of the "Suicide Club" at her
home, when members offered prayers for relief of his suffering to no
avail. The "cult" originally composed of fifty aged and suffering members, but
with only twenty-six remaining, had an unwritten law, she said, whereby it was
understood that if the weekly prayers for some member failed the victim would
end his life.
It was under this understanding that the brother and sister decided it was best
for him to end his life, she said. She helped him put on his best clothes,
shaved him and placed him in the easy chair "so that he would look his best
in death." She then got the revolver and handed it to him, she said, leaving
the house shortly thereafter, not to return until five hours later. When she got
back her brother was dead. She called for a neighbor who summoned police.
FACTS FOUND TO TALLY
Authorities were at first inclined to place little credence in her story until
she told of how another member of the club, George BREITENBACH had gone home
and hanged himself in the cellar of his home after the "club's" prayers had
failed. Authorities looked up the case and found the details of the death of
BREITENBACH coincided in every detail with her description. Miss SCHWARZ went on
to name a dozen late residents of Suffolk County who, as members of the club,
had ended their lives, according to officials. Police were attempting to
learn the names of other members to ascertain whether the missing 24 of the
original 50 had met death at their own hands.
Brooklyn Standard Union 16 May 1931
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