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Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 09:38:13 :

Marin Journal
Thursday, March 13, 1941
Page 1

San Rafael Woman, Heir to Estate, Is Suicide in Havana

Helen B. Chamberlain, formerly a resident of San Rafael, who lost a small fortune several months ago, when she fell into hands of swindlers, while traveling, and committed suicide in Havana, Cuba, has been left another fortune through will of a relative, Arabella Bourne, in Massachusetts.

Chief of Police J. B. Ruschetti received a letter from the attorney of the Bourne estate, in Middleborough, Mass., asking the whereabouts of Helen Chamberlain, whose name before marriage was Butman. The attorney says that she had a post office box in San Rafael, but letters directed accordingly were returned.

Chief Ruschetti learned that Helen Chamberlainís attorney was Winston Churchill Black of San Francisco, and the story of the suicide over a broken fortune was revealed through him. The death certificate is on file with Havana authorities.

The Chief of Police turned the matter over to Black, who will communicate with the eastern attorney. It was also learned that Helen Chamberlain had an adopted son, who is thought to be somewhere on the coast.

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