George Allen Chisholm fainted and slumped to the floor when called to the stand at the coroner’s inquest.
Revived he tried to recite anew the gruesome details of a previous written confession how he tricked the happy youngsters into playing cowboy and lassoing themselves with loops of wire which prevented death struggles when he enticed them to a bridge over the canal and heaved them in.
His attorney halted the spectacle, however, by telling the trembling, crying, fear ridden wreck he need not give statements which might incriminate him.
“It is a plain psychopathic case,” said the attorney. “The man is crazy. He was shell-shocked and gassed while with the Canadian army three years in the World War.”
After the inquests and arraignment Chisholm was held at East Chicago until late today for removal to the Lake county jail at Crown Point, Indiana. Chisholm, weeping continuously, asserted his wish to face trial immediately, plead guilty and receive a sentence of life imprisonment. He seemed in abject fear of death.
The coroner’s inquests and arraignment concluded and Chisholm back in his cell. He begged to be permitted to see Mrs. Helen Lawrence, the woman with whom he lived and whose nagging, he said, drove him to do away with the lads.
His wish was granted and he and the woman faced each other in the office of James Regan, chief of police.
“Oh, George,” the woman said, and fainted when she saw him.
That Chisholm’s request for a speedy trial also would be granted was seen in the statement of Oliver Starr, Lake county prosecutor.
He said he immediately would request that a special session of the grand jury be called to indict Chisholm so he might be rushed to trial.
The finding of the body of little George created a mystery which was deepened with the discovery 10 days later of the body of Edgar. Many fanciful stories were built up when it was revealed that the pretty little boys were dressed alike from top to toe, and that each carried a foreign coin.
It was through association of their little chinchilla overcoats that neighbors were enabled to complete identification and point out Chisholm as the slayer of his children.
The Daily Illini, March 6, 1928