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Chapman, Harry Palmer 1921-1960

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:07 am    Post subject: Chapman, Harry Palmer 1921-1960 Reply with quote

Monterey Peninsula Herald, CA Aug. 8, 1960 p1
Monterey Wife Held in Slaying
A 40-year-old Monterey woman was in court this morning on a charge of shooting and hilling her husband yesterday at their home at 411 Grant Ave. She is Celeste Helen Chapman, accused of murdering Harry Palmer Chapman, 38, a chef at a Carmel restaurant. Monterey Police Chief Charles E. Simpson said the shooting climaxed “a long history of marital difficulty between the two.” When Mrs. Chapman was first asked why she shot her husband, she replied, according to police: “He turned around and made a face at me.” The death weapon was a .38 caliber pistol with a plastic pearl handle which officers said Mrs. Chapman purchased on Saturday at a pawn shop in Seaside. In reconstructing the crime, police said Mrs. Champan shot her husband while he was washing himself in the bathroom while preparing to go to work. Although every bullet in the pistol was fired, apparently only the first shot hit him. It entered his right side and emerged from his left side. The official cause of death, as reported by Coroner Christopher Hill Jr., was “massive thoracic hemorrhage (chest bleeding) due to gunshot wound.” According to officers, the victim collapsed in the living room. Mrs. Chapman dropped the gun beside him and ran from the house. The gunshots awakened the couple’s children, Harry P. Chapman Jr., 20, and Celeste Lavergne, 17. Young Harry tried to catch his mother as she left the house but couldn’t. He then called police. This was at 7:46 a.m. A few minutes later, Mrs. Chapman was picked up by a Seaside police car as she was walking along Roberts street by Roberts Lake, about seven blocks from the scene. The victim was removed to Monterey Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police said Mrs. Chapman did not come home Saturday night but that she returned about 6:30 a.m. Sunday. She was dressed in black dress, black coat and black scarf when she came home and was so dressed when arrested. Officers said Chapman filed a divorce action against his wife several weeks ago. They also reported finding on the body a clipping of a newspaper ad stating that he would not be responsible for his wife’s debts. Officers working on the case are Sgt. Milton Craig and patrolmen Bob Yingling, Paul Hilsby and Gene Black. Simpson praised them for excellent work in the case but stated that there is a lot of work that remains to be done.” Mrs. Chapman was arraigned before Monterey Municipal Judge Ray Baugh this morning. Date for a preliminary examination will be set on Thursday. She was ordered held without bail. She was represented by attorneys Fred Farr and Laurence Horan. Funeral services for Chapman are pending at Mission Mortuary in Monterey.
Copyright (c) 2008 The Monterey County Herald

Monterey Peninsula Herald, CA Aug. 10, 1960 p2
Private Rites for H.P. Chapman
Private funeral services for Harry P. Chapman were held today at the Mission Mortuary followed by private burial. Mr. Chapman was shot and killed Sunday morning at his home, 411 Grant Ave., Monterey. His wife, Celeste Helen Chapman, has been charged with his murder. In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Harry P. Chapman Jr., and a daughter, Celeste Lavergnie Chapman, both of Monterey; his parents, Mrs. Ivy Nathan of Patterson, La., and Isaiah Chapman of New Orleans, La.; six brothers, Vivian Chapman of Seaside, Isaiah Chapman Jr. of Lake Charles, la., Charles, Leonard, Walter and Theodore Chapman of New Orleans; and five sisters, Mrs. Viola Gaines, Mrs. Ruth Brown and Mrs. Blanche Simon of Seaside, Mrs. Marion Edwards of Monterey and Miss Addie Mae Chapman of Patterson, La.
Copyright (c) 2008 The Monterey County Herald

CHAPMAN HARRY P 1921 08 20 SCHWANN MALE LA MONTEREY 1960 08 07 435161957 38
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