Her Death Laid At Husband’s Door

William Griffin Charge With Poisoning of Girl-wife


Coroner Scott Will Hold Inquest at Jacobs Next Friday – Mystery Surrounds the Case.

William Griffin of Jacobs is being held in the Richland county jail by Coroner Scott on the charge of poisoning his 17-year-old wife, the mother of his nine-months-old child, who died suddenly at their home at Jacobs at 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. A great deal of mystery surrounds the case. Coroner Scott has decided to postpone the inquest until Friday, when it will be held at 10 o’clock at Jacobs.

Griffin was brought to Columbia in the custody of the coroner yesterday and lodged in the county jail. Coroner Scott called in Dr. M. M. Rice of Columbia and Dr. Grigsby of Blaney to preform an autopsy. The indications were that Mrs. Griffin had died from the effects of some powerful opiate. A chemical examination will be made today.

Coroner scott was informed yesterday that Mrs. Griffin died under suspicious circumstrances. He immediately left for Jacobs, taking Dr. Rice with him.

Before her marriage the late Mrs. William Griffin was Miss Addie Jacobs. Her family connection in upper Richland is extensive, She was married to Griffin about two years ago. Since then she brought proceedings against him for nonsupport. Her husband is 23 years old.

Coroner Scott said last night that he intended to use his best efforts to unravel the mystery which surrounded Mrs. Griffin’s sudden death. The arrest of young Griffin on the charge of murdering his young wife created a sensation is upper Richland county.

April 10, 1913 State (published as The State) Columbia, South Carolina News Article Issue 7844 Page [1]

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