Lillie Palmer Turner

The Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia
April 4, 1907, Page 1
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From Ear To Ear Woman’s Throat Cut
Man In Restaurant Business Here Supposed to Be Murderer of His Wife on Lookout Mountain.

During the big snow in January a couple said to be man and wife came to Cartersville and the man bought an interest with Mr. W. F. Maffett in the restaurant in the basement of the Bradley building.  It was not long before the conduct of the couple was the subject of remark, the woman especially being put down as of loose morals.  At last, remarks becoming frequent, the authorities thought best to take a hand and they were notified to get out of town, or at least the woman was.  She went to Atlanta, while the husband remained here for several weeks, running back and forth to Atlanta.  Monday afternoon the man got off the train bound for Chattanooga and had a few words with people he knew, telling them that he was going with his wife to their former home in Kentucky, and she was to take the train with him.  They are said to have come originally from Breathit county, in that state.  The man gave his name as Ed Turner.  The man showed an insanely jealous nature while in Cartersville and watched his wife with the eye of a hawk constantly.  It seems that a dreadful tragedy soon followed their passing through here.  It is believed the man cut the woman’s throat and left her in the woods where the deed was done and where she was found afterwards by some school children.

The Chattanooga Times tells the story of the crime, so far as known, in its yesterday’s issue, as follows.

“With her throat cut from ear to ear, the body of Lillie Turner was found yesterday afternoon on the side of Lookout mountain.  In the world of sin the victim was known as Lillie Palmer.  She was an outcast in Atlanta, and came to Chattanooga Monday, accompanied by a man named Ed Turner, who claimed to be her husband.  The two, with a party of young men, started for the mountain yesterday.  Turner and the woman left their companions at St. Elmo.  Shortly after the body of the young woman was found by children.  The murder was committed in the cut of the old broad gauge road about half a mile from the foot of the incline.

“The wages of sin is death.” On the side of old Lookout the penalty for the violation of a moral law as ancient as the rock-ribbed sides of the grim mountain, Lillie Turner, or Palmer, of Atlanta, paid the penalty of her life as the result of one of the most horrible murders that has been known in this section for many years.  [A long description of the last day of Lillie Palmer Turner follows.]


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