Mr. & Mrs. John W. Tinsley

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
January 3, 1901, page 7
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Tennessee Woman
Killed by her Recreant Husband in California.

Los Angeles, Cal., Dec. 27. – John W. Tinsley shot and killed his wife on the street today and then fired a bullet into his own head, dying instantly.  The bullet that killed his wife entered the left eye and penetrated the brain.

The couple were married at VanBuren, Ark., January 2d, this year.  Tinsley represented himself as possessed of property in Helena, Mont., to the value of $75,000.  His wife had $400 cash and a house and lot in Jackson, Tenn., valued at $2,500.  This latter her husband induced her to sacrifice for $1,800, and five days after marriage they came to Los Angeles on a honeymoon trip, the expenses of which were defrayed by Mrs. Tinsley.  From here they went to Mineral Wells, Tex., and August 28th, reached Excelsior Springs, Mo.  There Tinsley induced his wife to transfer to him the $700 that remained of her money and told her he must go to Helena to settle up his affairs.  After his departure she found that he had also taken a diamond ring and stud valued at $400.  She received a telegram from him later dated Los Angeles, in which he acknowledged that he had deceived her in regard to his wealth, and that she would see him no more.  She followed him here, but in the meantime he had departed.  Two weeks later he returned to Los Angeles and an arrangement was made whereby he gave her a draft on an Arkansas bank for $325 and promised to make other reparation.  She sent the draft for collection and it was returned with the statement that money to Tinsley’s credit had been withdrawn by telegraph.

On the 21st of this month Mrs. Tinsley filed suit against her husband in the superior court to recover the $1000 fraudulently obtained from her, and bitterness over the suit and the troubles leading up to it evidently caused the double tragedy.

It is now alleged that Tinsley had one other wife in Townsend, Mont.


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