Broken Heart


Wife Murderer at Minot Sentenced to Hang for the Cold Blooded Crime.

In district court at Minot Hans Thorpe has been convicted and sentenced to hang for the murder of his wife. Thorpe had been married but a short time, when in a fit of jealousy he shot and killed his wife. He then turned the revolver on himself and succeeded only in wounding himself slightly in the eye. When he was placed in jail he sobered up and attempted to plead temporary insanity as an excuse for his crime but the jury would not look favorably upon his endeavor to excuse his crime. A verdict of guilty was rendered by the jury and the death penalty fixed for the crime.

Bismarck Tribune, 5/3/1900

Judge Morgan sentenced Hans Thorpe, the wife murderer to be hanged on Sept. 14. When asked if he had anything to say, Thorpe smiled and said, "Only that you comply with my request that I made on the 28th day of April." It was upon that day that Thorpe, in open court, begged the jury to find him guilty of murder in the first degree and the judge pronounced the death penalty. After sentence was pronounced, Thorpe said: "Thank you, your honor, I am satisfied.

Bismarck Tribune, 5/10/1900

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