Source: Burlington Hawk-Eye
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Czolgosz’s State of Mind”
City of publication: Burlington, Iowa
Date of publication: 22 September 1901
Volume number: 63
Issue number: 89
|“Czolgosz’s State of Mind.” Burlington Hawk-Eye 22 Sept. 1901 v63n89: p. 1.|
|Carlos F. MacDonald; Leon Czolgosz (psychiatric examination); Loran L. Lewis (public statements); Leon Czolgosz (legal defense).|
|Leon Czolgosz; Loran L. Lewis; Carlos F. MacDonald [misspelled below]; Albert Solomon; Robert C. Titus.|
Czolgosz’s State of Mind
Celebrated Expert Examines Assassin and Believes Him to Be Sane.
Buffalo, Sept. 21.—Czolgosz, whose trial will
begin Monday, was examined as to his sanity for one hour this afternoon by Dr.
Carlos F. McDonald, of New York, an eminent alienist, who for years has been
chairman of the board of lunacy commissioners. The prisoner’s counsel were present
at different times during the examination. At its close Dr. McDonald declined
to discuss the case and the attorneys will not express an opinion, although
the inference drawn from the answers was that they believed Czolgosz sane. McDonald
was brought here through the efforts of the bar association for the purpose
of passing upon the murderer’s sanity, as the association promised to assist
Judges Lewis and Titus, who were suggested as counsel for the defense by the
trustees of the association.
The examination was held in the private office of the district attorney and preparations for it were kept secret.
Dr. McDonald was alone with the prisoner, and sat in a chair directly in front of him, stooping down and peering into Czolgosz’s face.
When questioned as to whether the prisoner would talk to his counsel, Judge Lewis said:
“He is talking more freely, but he is not a voluble chap. He has said nothing upon which one might work in basing the defense.”
At 4:35 o’clock Czolgosz was taken back to jail, handcuffed to Detective Solomon.
Buffalo, Sept. 21.—Justices Lewis and Titus who were assigned to defend Czolgosz announced that they will accept, and will be ready to proceed with the case Monday morning.