Madame Darrell


Giving her name only as "Good Luck," a woman dressed neatly in silks and furs sits in a cell in Bismarck refusing to tell anything of her past. She was picked up in a demented condition after she had tried to drive away with R. D. Hoskin's auto. Her trunk and grip are in hock in the hotel. The woman is said to be Lillian Pearl Darrell. In her handbag was a receipt for dues paid in the Rebekah lodge.

Ward County Indepdendent, 1/15/1914



Judge Costello Holds Final Hearing for Lillian Darrell

Strange Creature One Celebrated Medium and Clairvoyant

Sacrificed Child Rather Than Give Up Communion With Spirits

Wandered by Night, Speaking, She Said, to Invisible Beings

Today Lillian Derrell, woman of mystery and misfortune, self named by the ironic whim of fate, "Good Luck," will have a final hearing before Judge Costello to determine whether she is as she claims, a creature of occult powers or the poor victim of a deranged mind.

Twice in a little more than two weeks since her arrival in Bismarck, she has been picked up by the police, apparently demented and as many times released when her responses to questions seemed to indicate that she was not only sane but of far above the ordinary intelligence.

Once before she had been in the custody of the sheriff here but was released after the county authorities made provision for her board and lodging. Once she was cared for in a local hospital but was released from there when physicians could discover no malady.

Each time her peculiar actions have caused the authorities again to take her in custody and attempt to solve the puzzle of her condition.

Six times in the last two weeks the police have had calls from various parts of town late at night, that a strange woman was wandering about the streets. Each time she was described as walking aimlessly and talking in a low monotone as though communicating with unseen beings.

Women and children have been frightened when returning home late at night they have met the strange bearing bearing over the appearance of one half earthly and half ethereal, speaking ever to the strange invisible spirits with her eyes fixed and intent as on a vision afar off.

From belongings discovered in her trunk and by her responses to a cross examination by Judge Costello Monday, the authorities have learned in a garbled way all that can be gleaned of her past.

Born in Illinois letters in her possession indicate that the woman has traveled over the entire continent. A decade ago she was known, according to newspaper clippings found in her trunk, all over the western United States as a celebrated clairvoyant, and a medium with the power to wring from the spirits of the other world secrets that the future held in store.

Business cards styling her as Madame Darrell, with an address in a fashionable part of Los Angeles, were found among her belongings. In her time she practised {sp} fortune telling through the medium of the spirit world, clairvoyance and palmistry. Testimonials from her patrons show that she was an oracle almost infallible.

Her maiden name was Wheeler. Marriage certificates she still keeps, showing that the woman was married three times, the first time early in life to a man named Fulkerson, who died after a few years of married life, and she remarried a man named Darrell. Later after a divorcfe action, she was married to a man named Boustoy, in Thief River Falls, Minn. A divorce action is now pending, she says brought by the third husband.

She has one child a girl born something over five years ago. The child is now staying with relatives of Mrs. Darrell in Minnesota. According to the divorce decree it is said the mother was denied the right to see her child again. The ruling is explained by the fact that the husband's relatives disapproved of the spiritualistic teachings of the mother. It is believed by the authorities that grief over the separation from her child caused the mental derangement that has brought the woman where she is. Even now she speaks more freely of her child than upon any other subject, mourning continually for the babe she sacrificed rather than forfeit communion with the shadows of another world.

Shortly before Christmas the woman of mystery came to Bismarck. Christmas day she was arrested by the police on account of her strange behavior. At the city jail she gave her name as "Good Luck." Later she was sent to a hospital but was released a few days later.

On Jan. 10 she was arrested for attempting to drive away in an automobile and turned over the police. {sp} A few days later the sheriff released her after providing quarters for her at the Soo hotel. Several times since citiens {sp} have notified the police that the strange woman was abroad at night strolling now near the haunted precincts of the old Capitol Hill cemetery, where the spirits of dead frontier outlaws are said to hold high carnival at night and again wandering in the direction of the state prison, where other haunted souls live, tortured by the memory of their own misdeeds.

Monday she was again taken into custody by the sheriff's office and a hearing was held before Judge Costello. He reserved his decision pending the efforts of members of the local Rebecca lodge to communicate with the organization in Sacramento Cal., where the Darrell woman is said to be a member in good standing.

Meanwhile the woman is being held at the county jail. There she seldom speaks to the other prisoners. When questioned by the judge her answers were intelligent and voiced in a chosen language that marked her as a woman of culture and refinement. In repose, her face drawn and thin with a high intelligent brow, has far more of the esthetic {sp} than the physical. It is hard to believe that the passive pallid face, with its peculiar, almost spiritual light, can be that of a maniac, yet the actions of the woman continually belie her words. She admits with a pitiful attempt of a smile that she is "not like other people."

Today Judge Costello will have the woman brought before him again and upon his decision rests the judgement whether Madame Darrell or Good Luck, is insane, and a fitting patient of the Jamestown hospital, or a mortal endowed with supernatural gifts.

Bismarck Tribune, 1/21/1914

Mrs. Lillian P. Darrell, who was arrested at Bismarck after acting strangely, will be taken care of by sisters of the Rebekah lodge at Sacramento, Cal. She was released from jail, but owing to her queer actions, had to be taken back.

Ward County Independent, 1/29/1914

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