MONDAY AFTERNOON, NOVEMBER 30, 1925
Woman Os ‘Peaceful Valley’ Doomed to Electric Chair
PAY WITH HER
LIFE, SAYS JURY
New York Woman Will Be Elec
trocuted for the Murder of
ELIZABETHTOWN, N. Y. Nov.
30.—“1 can’t believe they will elec
trocute a woman—an innocent wo
man. If they do, then it must be my
time to go, and I am ready.”
The electric chair at Sing Sing
penitentiary waited for Mrs. Fannie
Soper as she voiced this calm protest
against the action of an Elizabeth
town court in sentencing her to death
for the murder of her husband.
State authorities appeared at the
Elizabethtown jail afew hours later
to escore Mrs. Soper to Sing Sing,
where the sentence to be executed
the week of January 3,according to
the order of Supreme Court Justice
Edwin C. Whitmyer.
With the date set for the jury’s
fateful edict to become a grim real
ity—the grimmest reality of all—
Mrs. Soper still maintained the un
emotional poise that marked her de
meanor throughout the ordeal of her
arrest and trial.
Mrs. Soper placed her age at
‘about 45.” Living up in the hills
near Elizabethtown is her one child
a married daughter.
Faith in an appeal which her at
torney, Patrick Tierney of Platts
burg, will hasten to the higher courts
was expressed by the doomed woman.
The evidence against her, she calmly
pointed out, was almost wholly cir
cumstantial. Tranquil in the belief
the verdict will not withstand re
view, Mrs. Soper is not planning for
death, but for freedom.
But if the hopes she pins on an
appeal crash to earth, and the stark
drama of a woman paying the law’s
supreme price is actually unfolded
just after the new year’s dawn.
“I will be ready” Mrs. Soper said,
simply. ‘‘l am innocent. But lam
ready to go to Sing Sing, an lif I
must die, to die."
The woman prisoner sent for a
minister, Rev. Charles Rickert, a
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Mrs. Fannie Soper, photographed inthe jail at Elizabethtown, N. Y., just
before she was taken to Sing Sing.
few hours before the trip to Sing
I Sing prison. “I want to be baptiz
ed into the Methodist Church,” she
told him quietly.
A few friends gathered in the jail
for the strange baptismal rites and
the accompanying sacrament. Mrs.
Soper knelt with them in her cell.
‘‘Now or any other time I am in
nocent of the murder of my hus
band,” Mrs. Soper said slowly as the
clergyman at the conclusion of the
ceremony, asked her if she cared to
make any statement.
The friends and the minister gone,
Mrs. Soper walked to the window
and gazed out on the hills bordering
Peaceful Valley, the little vale in
which Elizabethtown lies.
There is a conflict of opinion in
Peaceful Valley as to whether Mrs.
Soper should die. By some, the ver
dict of the jury is warmly upheld.
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The evidence, say these, fully war
ranted the verdict and the punish
Sheriff Charles Orr runs the jail
in which Mrs. Soper was confined
here, and was in attendance through
out the trial. With state troopers,
Sheriff Orr was responsible for the
“I don’t like to see anyone die,”
the sheriff tells interviewers. “But
to my mind the evidence was conclu
sive. The fact she is a woman
shouldn't be any bar to her paying
for the crime.”
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At the extreme left of the picture
shown at the right is Elmer Wake
field, court officer. At the extreme
right is James H. Jenks, deputy
sheriff. In the center foregioun.l is
Sheriff Charles Orr. The others are
the 12 jurors of Essex county, New
York, who decreed Mrs. Fannie So
per should die. They are left to
right: back rom, Clarence Hillard,
J. E. Bowe, A. D. Crawford, David
Hickey, Thomas Madden, Charles F.
Martin; second row, Ed Smith, A. E.
Jackson, G. D. Searles, Lee Clark,
Frank Samson, Ashley Estes.
tile Adirondacks that Henry Soper,
tarmer and deputy sheriff, was kill
ed. He lay across a bed in his rude
His wife shot him in the head with
his own revolver, District Attorney
O. Byron Brewster contended. A
strange man who had just entered
the house shot him, according to the
testimony of Mrs. S'oper. The wife
charged the district attorney, wanted
the farm and a small amount of oth
er property which her husband own
| This county where a woman has
been sentenced to death lies in the
heart of the Adirondacks, and is
sparsely settled. Os its citizens,
many are related to Mrs. Soper and
her “folks,” by either birth or mar
I The peace of the mountains and
the hush of forests or birch and ced-
ar give to the Elizabethtown region
the name of “Peaceful Valley.”
Mrs. Soper was born in this coun
ty, and has been the wife of three*
of its men, as the husband she is al
leged to have slain was the mate of
three of its women.
Say those of Peaceful Valley who
defend the woman's death sentence:
“It was just. Didn’t some of those
jurymen come out crying? It was as
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been a lot easier for them.”
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The story of a girl with an uncon
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