Posted by SFgenealogy on Monday, September 06, 2010 at 13:58:48 :
THE ANNIE MOONEY CASE -- In the case of the strange death of Annie MOONEY, a girl of only 13 or 14 years, found in a dying condition at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in San Francisco, on Friday of last week, after several days unaccountable absence from the home of her parents, the investigations of the Coroner's jury at Brooklyn have fully cleared away the suspicion that she was lured away and ruined for gratification of the lusts of one of the human monsters, of whom we have too many prowling among us; and the person upon whom these suspicions first rests, a conductor upon the Western Pacific Railroad cars, named WOOD, is shown to be quite guiltless. The testimony of many witnesses from Pacheco and vicinity has been given before the jury in the case, and was important as accounting for the whereabouts of the child during the first 2 days of her absence from home; and the most plausible solution of the sad mystery of the conduct and death of the child would seem to be that she was afflicted with some occult bodily ailment causing the mental excitement and aberration which led to her strange conduct.
Source: Contra Costa Gazette (Pacheco, Contra Costa County, CA), 3 Sept 1870. Transcribed by Dee Sardoc.
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