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75 Years Ago

Killer Gets Prison


Herald of June 6, 1944

Joseph Schworm, the Ohio farmer who last Feb. 19, murdered his daughter-in-law, the former Betty Ake of Martinsburg, was sent to the state penitentiary at Columbus, Ohio, when he appeared in court for sentence Thursday of last week.

Schworm who is 82 years old was given an indefinite term in the penitentiary from one to 20 years. Whether the aged man, should he live, will be required to serve more than one year in prison, depends largely upon the court.

The circumstances of this murder which was one of the most ghastly in the annals of crime in Ohio are fairly familiar to Herald readers.

Schworm in the kitchen of the farm home near the town of Beach City, not far from Canton, picked up a double-barreled shotgun and firing point-blank pumped the contents of both shells into the body of his daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Schworm, who was the wife of Edward Schworm. The husband of the murdered woman was in a hospital in Cleveland at the time his wife was gunned down.


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