I was told by a few that this would interest them if I posted it. One of my hobbies is genealogy. And while going through some of the old newspaper archives online, I founds a crazy news article that might interest people. I might start posting other articles when I come across them. And who knows, this may become an on going thing! The Milwaukee Journal - Wednesday, June 12, 1895 - page 1
ATTACKED BY HER SERVANT
Mrs. Hooke of Chicago Pounded and Finally Shut Into a Folding Bed
CHICAGO, June 12. - Mrs. Albert C. Hooke of 4430 Berkeley avenue was attacked by her servant girl, Mary Brown, today, and very nearly murdered.
Mrs. Hooke who was in the house alone with the girl, was giving her some directions about her work, when suddenly, without any warning, the girl seized hold of some of the kitchen utensils and began belaboring her mistress over the head and body.
Mrs. Hooke cried for mercy and offered the infuriated girl anything in the world if she would only spare her life, but the only answer was "Mr. Hooke told me to kill you." After she had pounded Mrs. Hooke until she was almost died the girl saturated a towel with ammonia and threw it over the face of the already unconscious woman. Then she picked her up and carried her upstairs where she put her in a folding bed and closed it up. The servant is believed to have gone insane.
Apparently thinking the mistress dead, she spread a report that Mrs. Hooke had killed herself. Mrs. Hooke was rescued by neighbors who heard the noise. During the excitement the servant escaped.