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COOPER, Freeman E. - 1918

Source: Crawfordsville Indiana Review newspaper, July 23, 1918 p 1

Covington, July 22 – An insanity inquest was conducted before Justice Asa Osborn to inquire into the mental condition of Freeman E. Cooper, aged 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Cooper of Richland township. The evidence disclosed that the young man’s mind has been affected for the past year and that he has gradually grown worse.  He is melancholy and slow of comprehending; is incoherent, sleeps out in the fields and remains away from home for days at a time. Recently he has shown an undue infatuation for Lewis Harrison, a neighbor boy aged 13.  He is never satisfied unless he is near this boy all the time.  A few days ago he armed himself with a shot gun and threated to kill his father, he also told members of the family that he was liable to kill the Harrison boy regardless of his great infatuation. He was finally taken into custody by the authorities and place in the county jail where the inquest was held and he was found to be of unsound mind and dangerous to be at large.  Papers for his admission to the Central Hospital for the insane have been forwarded to Indianapolis.   --– kbz

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