Dr. E. B. Marshall, Jr.

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
February 8, 1900, page 1
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Blew His Brains Out.
Young Dentist of Cedartown Kills Himself Monday Night.

A Cedartown correspondent of the Constitution tells of the suicide of Dr. E. B. Marshall, Jr., a young dentist of that town, Monday night, who shot himself through the brain while alone in his room at the Wright hotel.

The lifeless body was discovered Tuesday morning about 7:30 o’clock, after an entrance into his room over the transom, with a bullet hole over his right ear, his brains oozing out and a 32-caliber revolver in his hand.  He had undressed himself and his position when discovered showed no signs of a tremor after the fatal shot.

Dr. Marshall had resided in Cedartown three years, and was doing a lucrative business.  He was a son of Dr. E. B. Marshall, one of the leading dentists of Rome.

For some time the domestic relations of Dr. Marshall have been of the unpleasant kind and this greatly depressed him.  It is also said that he had contracted the morphine habit, which had grown to a considerable degree lately, and for some weeks he had tried to mitigate his feelings in drink.  For the [past] few days he repeatedly remarked that he could not live under the strain he was undergoing and threatened to kill himself.

His wife left Cedartown the 20th of last November and is now in Newport, Ark.  She corresponded regularly with her husband, and in his room this morning a letter from her, with his reply thereto, was found on his table.  On top of these two letters was a note, unaddressed, which bore this statement:

“I cannot endure this any longer.  God will take care of me.  My conscience is clear in this matter.”

These last acts showed that the deed was carefully planned.  He had brooded over his troubles and grown desperate and crazed.


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