Source: Buffalo Evening Times
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “‘I Am Sorry’ Is Statement of Czolgosz”
City of publication: Buffalo, New York
Date of publication: 27 September 1901
Volume number: 36
Issue number: 11
|“‘I Am Sorry’ Is Statement of Czolgosz.” Buffalo Evening Times 27 Sept. 1901 v36n11: p. 7.|
|Leon Czolgosz (public statements); Leon Czolgosz (removal to Auburn State Prison); Robert C. Titus; Robert C. Titus (public statements).|
|George Baltz; Jesse Bartoo [identified as Bardol below]; Philip Bernhardt [misspelled below]; J. P. Bradfield [identified as Bradeld below]; Teresa Brugnoli [identified as Brusigloli below]; Samuel Caldwell; Leon Czolgosz; John Ehlers; Charles S. Hatch; Hippolyte Havel; Solon Hines; Michael Howard; Joseph Kiener [misspelled below]; Errico Malatesta; Ida McKinley; William McKinley; Howard McMillan; William Metzler; Patrick Mitchell; John Mock; Walter Nowak; Alex H. Sloan; Hugh Sloan; Robert C. Titus; Otto F. Welker.|
“I Am Sorry” Is Statement of Czolgosz
Assassin on His Way to Auburn Prison Makes a Confession—
Hurried from the Jail to a Special Car.
On his way to Auburn prison, on
a special car last night, Leon Czolgosz, the murderer of President McKinley,
made the following confession:
“I wish the people to know I am sorry for what I did. It was a mistake and it was wrong. If I had it to do over again I never would do it. But it is too late now to talk of that. I am sorry I killed the President. I was all stirred up. I was alone in what I did and, honestly, there was no conspiracy. No one else urged or told me to do it. I did it myself. There was one mistake about the trial. It was that I did not go to Niagara Falls to kill the President. I only thought of killing him for about one day before I did it. But I was all alone. No one else had anything to do with it and I have nothing to say to any who may think that what I did was a wise or good thing. It was not. I don’t know anyone in Paterson. I don’t know Count Malatesta or Mme. Brusigloli.
“It is an awful thing to feel you killed someone. You do not feel the same after you kill them. It is hard and much different. You are not the same person after you do the crime. I wish I was my same old person again. You never can be the same. I wish I was the same for the little time left. I have nothing more to say to all the people. My mind was stirred up and I don’t know what was in it or what influenced it. Some ask where I was between August 29th and September 1st. I was in Buffalo on August 29th and went to Cleveland for two days. No, I do not know Hippolyte Havel. My two Toledo references to Mr. Nowak were not anarchists. When I shot the President I had nothing against him personally.
“My trial was fair. It was more than I thought. The judge could not help doing what he did. The jury could not. The law made them do it. I do not want to say now that the law is wrong. It was fair to me and it was right. It seems too late now, but I am sorry for Mrs. McKinley. I hope she does not die.”
Manner of Removal.
The manner of Czolgosz’s removal
to Auburn was just as secret and hurried as all his movements since his arrest
have been. So well laid were the plans that it might be said that up to the
moment that the iron door of Auburn prison was locked upon him, there was never
a chance for a mob to get him. The vigilance of his custodians was never for
a moment relaxed.
Unknown to anybody, save the sheriff, arrangements had been made with Superintendent Bradeld of the New York Central for a special car, to be attached to the 9:30 eastbound special. It was after that time when the rear doors of the jail were thrown open and Jailer Mitchell, shackled to the assassin, started on a run across the Terrace toward the car, which had been backed down the Belt Line tracks to the appointed spot.
Czolgosz was guarded by a posse composed of Sheriff Caldwell, Under Sheriff Hatch, Keeper Sloan of the Penitentiary, Jailer Mitchell and Deputy Sheriffs Otto Welker, Michael Howard, Phil Bernhard, Jesse Bardol, Joseph Kener, William Metzler, Solon Hines, John Mock, Howard McMillan, Hugh Sloan, John Ehlers and George Baltz.
Jailer Mitchell placed his man near the center of the car and sat with him. A cigar was given the assassin and he puffed it greedily. The special car was run to the Central Station and the train got away thirty minutes late, 10:06 o’clock, to be exact. The other passengers were in sleepers and did not know the company in which they were traveling.
On the trip Czolgosz talked freely of his crime.
Judge Titus’ Impressions.
Judge Titus, when seen by a TIMES
reporter last night, said he was unable to conjecture why Czolgosz was so ready
to confer with his attorney yesterday unless it was because he had been convicted
and knew there was no chance for him to escape execution.
“It is more than probable that Czolgosz prefers death at once to the prospect of some day being free. He spoke to his attorney yesterday for the first time, and the interview was of his own seeking.”