The Czolgosz Autopsy
RESULTS OF EXAMINATION OF MURDERER’S BRAIN
TO BE MADE KNOWN.
For some time a large number of persons
actively interested in medical science have been anxious to learn
if the brain, or some part of it, of Leon Czolgosz, the murderer
of President McKinley, had not been obtained by some medical men
for the purpose of studying it. Reports of the autopsy performed
on the body of Czolgosz said that a microscopical examination of
the brain was made at that time, and that after the autopsy the
body was buried, and that a carboy of acid was poured over the coffin,
in the hope that the body would be entirely disintegrated as quickly
In spite of these reports, many people
have been inclined to doubt their truthfulness, for the reason they
had heard that a report about the condition of the brain of Czolgosz,
which would be of special interest to alienists, would soon be issued.
Any cause for such doubts, however, were set at rest yesterday when
it became widely known that the report in question was to be made
from a study of charts showing the condition of the brain and from
a careful review of the findings of the autopsy. That such a report
is to be made was corroborated last night at the home of Dr. E.
C. Spitzka by a Tribune reporter.
It was said that this report is being
prepared by E. A. Spitzka, the son of Dr. Spitzka, who performed
the autopsy on the body of Czolgosz, under the immediate supervision
and direction of Drs. Carlos F. Macdonald and John Gerin, the physician
connected with Auburn Prison. The announcement that this autopsy
occupied more than three hours, together with the fact that the
microscopical examination of the brain showed that it was slightly
above normal, seemed to give all the facts that the majority of
persons cared to know. They gave, in view of what was learned yesterday,
only a meagre picture of the scene at the prison after the body
was placed on the autopsy table.
The warden of the prison was firm
in his stand that no part of the body of the murderer was to be
taken away from the prison for further examination. If alienists
and others were not to have the opportunity of later studying the
brain itself, something should be done, it was decided by some of
those present at the autopsy, to obtain material for further examinations.
So E. A. Spitzka made accurate drawings and detailed anatomical
descriptions of the brain for subsequent study and for his report.
When this report will be made public has not been announced.