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The Story Of The Wives

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The Story Of The Wives

Post by Karen on Sun 28 Mar 2010 - 18:48

Hypnotism to Be Tried on the Alleged Modern Bluebeard.

A Complete History of the Mysterious De Jong Case Which Is Puzzling the Authorities of Two Countries - Assurance of the Accused.

AMSTERDAM, Oct. 6. - The Handelsblad of this city says that the officials who are trying to unravel the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Mrs. De Jong have, after conferring with several eminent physicians, decided to place De Jong, the woman's husband, under hypnotic influence and thus endeavor to obtain information that will clear up the mystery. It may be pointed out, however, that even should De Jong confess that he killed his wife, as is strongly suspected, he could not be convicted upon a confession obtained in this manner. It has been decided that two eminent physicians will try the experiment. The physicians who will try the hypnotic experiment on the prisoner are Dr. Renterghem of Amsterdam and Dr. De Jong of The Hague. The latter, though bearing the same name as the prisoner, is no relation to him.

The First Wife's Disappearance.

The story of Mrs. De Jong's disappearance has excited general interest not only in Holland, but also in England. Prior to her marriage she was a Miss Sarah Ann Juett, and her home was at Maidenhead, Berkshire. The following romantic details of her courtship, marriage and disappearance only serve to add to the deep mystery surrounding her: Last November a young Hollander named De Jong, who was steward on a vessel trading between the Holland ports and Middlesborough, got into trouble on board in connection, it is said, with smuggling cigars and was sentenced to a term of imprisonment. While in confinement he became ill and had to be removed to the infirmary at Middlesborough, where he had for his attendant Miss Juett, who, through her parents were well to do, was acting as a nurse. She was very good looking and about 25 years of age. She at once attracted the attention of her patient, and the young pair were soon apparently in love with each other. A few days later De Jong proposed marriage and was accepted. On leaving the hospital at the end of November he went to Holland, and the young lady did not see him again until last April, although correspondence had passed between them. He then explained to her that he intended at once to marry her, and some time in May he put in an appearance at Maidenhead, when he was introduced to the girl's parents. His general behavior gave rise to no suspicion on the part of any one, but although he indicated that he had plenty of money, and that he owned a hotel in Holland, he was always mislaying or losing his purse, and borrowing money from the girl's father and others. On June 15 last the young couple were married at St. Luke's Church, North Town of Maidenhead. The young man had secured a license, granted by the Bishop of Oxford, but even this fact, together with the fact that he refused to invite any of his friends, created only a passing surprise. After the ceremony and just as the newly married couple were starting for the honeymoon De Jong discovered that he had lost his purse. His bride at once gave him 5 pounds, and her father wrote a check on a local bank for 20 pounds. As they drove away from the parental home the girl called out to her father that the money would be returned in a day or two, but since that time, De Jong has denied ever having had the money. The young couple took the train to Paddington and stayed at the Devonshire Hotel, Bishopsgate Street, London, embarking on the following day for Holland. It is known that they stopped for some days at the Sluis Hotel at Arnheim. They were seen at other places in Holland subsequently. While they were away the parents of the girl could get no answers to letters or telegrams, and early in August the girl disappeared. The man was at Amsterdam on Aug. 1 and there stayed in some lodgings, where he speedily made the acquaintance of his hostess and her sister, Miss Maria Sybilla Schmitz.

A Second Wife.

With the latter De Jong became very intimate and soon persuaded her to marry him. This is on the testimony of Miss Schmitz's sister. The pair visited London, and it is supposed that while Miss Schmitz was in London her soi disant husband took the opportunity of running down to Maidenhead. To the consternation of every one, De Jong walked into the Juett home. Before he could say anything the anxious mother expressed the greatest surprise that he was alone and asked where her daughter was. De Jong, who spoke English imperfectly, said, "She has run away from me and has gone off with ze big American." So great was his assumed grief that he was the recipient of the family's consolation, his conduct lending veracity to his tale. He was invited to stay the night, but absolutely declined, it being supposed that he wanted to get back to London to his second love. On Aug. 21 a couple calling themselves Mr. and Mrs. De Jong were back in Amsterdam, where they stayed in several hotels.

The Second Wife Disappears.

On Aug. 31 De Jong and Miss Schmitz left Amsterdam for Bussum, a village some distance off, and then occurs a blank. The woman has not been seen or heard of since. Meanwhile suspicions were excited in England, and the Dutch police received a request from Scotland Yard to make inquiries as to the whereabouts of De Jong and to place him under arrest. After a great deal of correspondence between the Dutch and English authorities, and the suspicion about his wife being strengthened by the disappearance of Miss Schmitz, the Dutch police effected the arrest of De Jong, who was encountered in a cafe. De Jong, it is said, was well known in Holland before his escapade in England. No trace of either his wife or Miss Schmitz has been found, though the police have exhausted their resources in hunting for them.

Source: Rome Semi-Weekly Citizen, Saturday October 7, 1893, Page 5

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