Source: Daily Picayune
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Czolgosz’s Confederate”
City of publication: New Orleans, Louisiana
Date of publication: 8 September 1901
Volume number: 65
Issue number: 227
|“Czolgosz’s Confederate.” Daily Picayune 8 Sept. 1901 v65n227: part 1, p. 8.|
|McKinley assassination (investigation of conspiracy); John J. Geary (public statements); Leon Czolgosz (incarceration: Buffalo, NY); Leon Czolgosz; Leon Czolgosz (confession).|
|Leon Czolgosz; John J. Geary; Emma Goldman; William McKinley; Thomas Penney.|
The Police Positive That He Had an Accomplice.
Buffalo, Sept. 7.—Although Czolgosz refused to
incriminate any one else in the plot to kill Mr. McKinley, the police are of
the opinion that another man is a party to it. The man is the one who walked
directly in front of Czolgosz, and shielded him from the sight of the secret
service men. The police have a good description of him, and his arrest may occur
at any moment.
There is no doubt, according to the police, that this man was an accomplice of Czolgosz.
Two or three suspects were picked up in various parts of the city to-night, but they were released after undergoing an examination, each one proving an alibi.
Czolgosz does not appear to be insane. Detective Sergeant John Geary, who stood a few feet from Czolgosz when he fired the shots, and who caught President McKinley when he fell, was asked whether, in his opinion, Czolgosz was insane.
“He may be,” said the detective, “but from all I saw of him, he is just an anarchist.”
Czolgosz is not above the average height. His face is that of a typical German. He arose at an early hour this morning, and ate a hearty breakfast.
He appears to be very nervous, and starts suddenly when any one speaks to him. He proves to be very elusive in answering questions, however. The police worked over him until a late hour last night, and they admitted that very little progress had been made in bringing out facts from him regarding his past history.
To a reporter, District Attorney Penney gave the substance of Czolgosz’s confession, as follows:
This man has admitted shooting the president. He says he intended to kill; that he had been planing to do it for the last three days. He went into the Temple of Music with murder in his heart, intending to shoot to kill. He fixed up his hand by tieing a handkerchief around it, and waited his turn to get near the president. When he got directly in front of the president, he fired. He says he had no confederate; that he was entirely alone in the planning and execution of this diabolical act.
He says that he is a believer in the theories propounded by Emma Goldman, whom he heard lecture several times. He also intimates that he does not believe in our form of government, and, therefore, that he deemed it his duty to get rid of the president.
This, in substance, is the confession of Leon Czolgosz, who is a German-Pole and says his home is in the vicinity of Cleveland, O. He is twenty-eight years old, unmarried, and has seven brothers and two sisters living there. He worked for a time in the wire works at Newark, O. He exhibits no sign of remorse, and, aside from his nervousness, acts as if he had done what he considered a praiseworthy, instead of a dastardly act.