December 19, 1912
CUTS WIFE's THROAT AND DEFIES POLICE
Crowd Sees All Grim Tragedy
Memphis, Tenn., Dec. 19--With 9,090 spectators watching the battle, the entire police department of Memphis attempted today to dislodge Adam Boehler, who barricaded himself in his home, after cutting his wife's throat, nearly decapitating her. Boehler was mortally wounded finally, and was taken to the hospital, where he died in a few minutes.
When the police demanded his surrender he defied them. The entire department was then called out and began to attack the house, which Policeman Jesse Wooten was fatally shot in the chest and two spectators wounded.
At noon Mayor Crump ordered a general charge, and the police climbed to the roof of the house. They bored holes, pouring the formaldehyde in from the top for the purpose of driving Bouhler out from his hiding place. Meanwhile hundreds of shots were fired. Finally Detectives Smidley and Hurst gained a position of vantage and fired from behind a sheet iron barricade, mortally wounding Boehler.