Has anybody ever heard of the Johanne Bertha Shippan homicide? : TrueCrime

In 1902, 13 12 months outdated Bertha Schippan was residence along with her older sister, Mary, and her two older brothers. Her dad and mom and three of the opposite kids within the residence weren’t residence that night.

Someday within the late hours of January 1st, Mary awoke to feeling one thing heavy lay throughout her earlier than she acquired up and ran away – when she arrived again on the home along with her brothers and the Constable, 13 12 months outdated Bertha was useless.

So clearly they suspected Mary – sure issues in her story do not make sense. However she stood trial for the homicide and was acquitted, and most of the people are usually positive that she did not do it, however quite their father (who was recognized to be fairly strict, as soon as shot a person within the leg throughout an argument) or Mary’s lover, Gustav, killed Bertha, nonetheless their father wasn’t within the metropolis on the time of the homicide, and Gustav was at work.

There’s a nice write up in regards to the case right here, the place I realized plenty of stuff in regards to the case:


If it wasn’t her father, sister, or Gustav, I think it was most certainly a vagrant that left the world shortly after the homicide, whereas they had been nonetheless preoccupied with sentencing Mary for the homicide. Some folks suspect that Gustav slipped away whereas working to commit the homicide, as Bertha discovered about him and Mary being collectively and didn’t need their father to know.