National Affairs: Witch Murder

In Buffalo, N. Y., last month occurred a sordid sex murder involving two red women. Into the home of Henri Marchand, artist for the Buffalo Natural History Museum, had walked Nancy Bowen, 66-year-old Cayuga Indian from the nearby Cattaraugus Reservation. She had confronted Mrs. Marchand, small, slight, with a question: "Are you a witch?" Jestingly Mrs. Marchand replied: "Yes." Thereupon Nancy Bowen beat her down with a 10¢ hammer, stuffed chloroform-soaked paper down her throat, left her dead.

Charged with instigating the crime was Lila ("Red Lilac") Jimerson, 39, a Seneca Indian,...

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