Priest Forged When Boy

Priest Forged When Boy

Schmidt Gained Entrance to School by Fraudulent Certificates

Aschaffenburg, Germany, Sept. 16. – The parents of the Rev. Johannes Schmidt, the self-confessed murderer of Anna Aumuller, say there have been four suicides in their family within the last five years.

The letters sent home by the young priest are said by his relatives to have been written in a confused and hazy style. Local physicians consider that the murderer’s perverted instincts were accentuated by forced study. It is known that he resorted to forged certificates even during his boyhood and by their means was enabled to enter the classical high school at Mainz where he was educated. He was arrested and charged with the offence, but released by the court as weakminded and irresponsible.

Priest Forged When Boy, The Tribune, 17 September 1913, page 2, column 2.

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