Source: Atlanta Constitution
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “With His Yells Prison Echoed”
City of publication: Atlanta, Georgia
Date of publication: 28 September 1901
Volume number: 34
Issue number: none
|“With His Yells Prison Echoed.” Atlanta Constitution 28 Sept. 1901 v34: p. 3.|
|Leon Czolgosz (arrival at Auburn State Prison); Leon Czolgosz (mental health); Leon Czolgosz (public statements); Leon Czolgosz (incarceration: Auburn, NY); Leon Czolgosz (activities, whereabouts, etc.: Fort Wayne, IN).|
|Samuel Caldwell; Leon Czolgosz; John Gerin; Ida McKinley; William McKinley; Patrick Mitchell.|
With His Yells Prison Echoed
Assassin Breaks Down Completely on Reaching Auburn.
SORRY FOR MRS. M KINLEY
And Sorry That He Will Leave Such a Bad Name—Murderer So Overcome
by Terror That He Could Not Walk.
Auburn, N. Y., September 27.—Czolgosz,
President McKinley’s murderer, in the custody of Sheriff Caldwell, of Erie county,
and twenty-one deputies, arrived in Auburn at 3:15 a. m. The prison is only
about 50 yards from the depot.
Awaiting the arrival of the train there was a crowd of about 200 people. Either for fear of the crowd, which was not very demonstrative, or from sight of the prison, Czolgosz’s legs gave out and two deputy sheriffs were compelled to practically carry the man into the prison. Inside the gate his condition became worse, and he was dragged up the stairs and into the main hall.
He was placed in a sitting position on the bench while the handcuffs were being removed, but he fell over and moaned and groaned, evincing the most abject terror. As soon as the handcuffs were unlocked the man was dragged into the principal keeper’s office. As is the case of all prisoners, the officers immediately proceeded to strip him and put on a new suit of clothes.
During this operation Czolgosz cried and yelled, making the prison corridors echo with evidence of his terror. The prison physician, Dr. John Gerin, examined the man and ordered his removal to the cell in the condemned row which he will occupy until he is taken to the electric chair. The doctor declared that the man was suffering from fright and terror, but said that he was shamming to some extent.
The collapse of the murderer was a surprise to every one. En route from Buffalo he showed no indication of breaking down. He ate heartily of sandwiches and smoked cigars when not eating. He talked some and expressed regret for his crime. He said:
“I am especially sorry for Mrs. McKinley.”
He reiterated his former statement that he had no accomplices and declared that he never had heard of the man under arrest in St. Louis, who claimed to have tied the handkerchief over his hand, concealing the pistol with which the president was shot. He says the handkerchief was not tied.
He went behind the Temple of Music, arranged the handkerchief so as to hide the weapon and then took his place in the crowd. To Jailer Mitchell he sent this message to his father:
“Tell him I am sorry I left such a bad name.”
Czolgosz was in a normal condition this afternoon and seemed to have fully recovered from his collapse. There are five cells for condemned men in the prison and Czolgosz was placed in the only vacant cell, so all are now occupied.
Two keepers are constantly on guard in the room, which is separate from the main prison, but to guard against an attempt on Czolgosz’s part to commit suicide, two more guards have been added and one will constantly sit in front of Czolgosz’s cell and will have a key so that any attempt at self-destruction may be easily frustrated.
Czolgosz Organized Anarchists.
Fort Wayne, Ind., September 27.—Czolgosz, the murderer of President McKinley, was here the latter part of May or the early part of June and the purpose of his trip was to organize a branch of the anarchists and distribute literature. His first appearance was in a saloon near the Wabash passenger station, where he talked a good deal and showed some money. The proprietor of the place did not like his appearance and actions and put him out. Nothing was thought of the occurrence until after the shooting at Buffalo.