Mary Campbell Liberman

Contributed by Jim Simmons.  Thanks, Jim!

Pub. Times, Jan. 31, 1918


          Moses Campbell, of East St. Louis, came down here Saturday to make arrangements for the burial of his sister, Mrs. Abraham Liberman, who was shot to death in East St. Louis Friday.  The remains were brought here Sunday and interred at Hopewell cemetery, two miles east of here.

          Friday's St. Louis Star contained the following account of the tragedy:  The boyd of Mrs. Abraham Liberman, 19 years old, was found at 11 a.m. today in the shoe shop of her husband at 725 Collinsville, East St. Louis.  She had been shot to death.  Police since have been unable to find the husband.

          The body of the woman was found by her 6-year-old sister, who lived with her mother, Mrs. Laura Campbell, across the street.

          Mrs. Campbell said her daughter and Lieberman had been quarreling recently because the daughter refused to make an affidavit, in support of her husband's exemption claim, that he was necessary to her support.

          Sam Liberman, a brother of the husband, declared his brother frequently upbraided his wife for spending too much money and being escorted by other men.

         Saturday's Star:  Abraham Liberman, a shoe repairer, who surrendered to the East St. Louis police at 9:30 o'clock last night following the discovery of his wife's body in his shop at 725 Collinsville, today declared his wife was shot in a scuffle for possession of a revolver which she drew to threaten him.

         Liberman said his wife had not lived with him since two days after their marriage on Thanksgiving Day.  Yesterday morning, he said, she appeared at his shop and demanded money.  He said that she finally drew a revolver and blocked his path.  In the scuffle which followed, the weapon was discharged.  

          ........................There were no powder marks on the woman's right temple, where the bullet entered, to indicate she had been shot at close range.

          Mrs. Lieberman was an American girl, the daughter of Mrs. Laura Campbell of 710 North Sixth street.  She married Lieberman last Thanksgiving Day.

          Her body was shipped yesterday to McLeansboro, Ill. for interment.

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