|Mary S Taylor
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Location: Fresno, CA
|Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:00 am Post subject: Hitchcock, James F. 1886-1908 SUICIDE
|Pacific Grove Review, CA May 19, 1908
Jas. Hitchcock Dies by Own Hand
Had Been Despondent for Some Time – Was Infatuated with Pretty Waitress
James Hitchcock committed suicide at Carmel-by-the-Sea by shooting himself through the heart on Monday evening. He was infatuated with a pretty waitress at the Pine Inn, and as she had refused to marry him, he threatened to kill himself. The young woman had no idea that he would carry out his threat, but early in the evening after he left her the young man shot himself through the heart. The deceased was aged 24 years. He had been morose for some time and had frequently threatened to kill himself.
Pacific Grove Review, CA May 20, 1908
Inquest Upon Remains of Hitchcock
Coroner Muller Performs Official Duty – Girl Testifies That Young Man Had threatened Suicide
Coroner Muller came over from Salinas on Tuesday and held an inquest upon the remains of James Hitchcock who killed himself at Carmel city. Joseph Hitchcock, father of the young man, testified that his son was 22 years of age. The revolver which was used belonged to the father. Landlord Blackwell of the Pine Inn testified as to the finding of the body of the suicide, after he had been notified by Miss Holmes that she had heard a gunshot. Lottie Holmes, the waitress with whom Hitchcock was infatuated, testified that she had known the deceased for about a year; that she returned on Monday from a vacation in San Jose. As she was about to take the train at San Jose she met Hitchcock, who asked her to marry him. He rode in the seat with her on the train and was ugly and morose. He repeatedly proposed that they get married. This the girl refused to promise, saying that she did not know enough of him to marry him. The young couple made the trip from Monterey to Carmel together in the stage and arriving at Carmel went to a small cottage occupied by her. While the girl went up to the hotel to get her supper Hitchcock remained in the cottage. Shortly after she returned from supper the girl suggested that Hitchcock leave the place as she wished to retire. He made a move to draw a revolver and she attempted to get out of the place and blocked her way. He finally let her pass and she went to the room of another waitress at the hotel. Shortly after she heard the muffled report of a revolver and the girl went and notified the manager of the hotel. Miss Holmes said that Hitchcock last December she had taken a revolver awayf rom him. The coroner’s jury returned a verdict of suicide.
Hitchcock, James F., age 22, died in Monterey County on May 18, 1908