Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

The Sensational Death of - "Jeannie"  

The Sensational Death of - "Jeannie" and Proof of a Bad Man's Guilt

It now seems that Lake Maxinkuckee which was so long ago from sensations, will yet receive its share, and this summer, perhaps,many such episodes will occur.

It commences the season early with the death of a mysterious woman alwsys called "Jennie," who it seems was the victim of a worldly man's perfidy.

Many persons from this city, who were at the Lake In the fall, met "Jennie" about a hotel at Maxinkuckee, and it acquainted with her domestic life at all, understood that she claimed to be the wife of Albert Bunbridge, who was also employed at the hotel.

The death of Jennie and the developments in the case are thus described by a correspondent from the town of Maxinkuckee to the Plymouth Democrat:

    "A strange woman known by the fumiliar name of 'Jennie' died here on Tuesday of last week. She came here about September last in company with a man who gave his name as Albert Bunbridge, who claimed her as his wife, and showed a card from an I. O. O. F. lodge in c Michigan. The card shows him to be an Odd Fellow in good standing. They stopped at the hotel and both worked there until about the first of October, when Mr. Walker, of this village, bought the blacksmith shop, and Bunbridge entered into a contract to run the shop. All seemed to go along quietly until about tho first of February, when the woman was taken sick.

    Dr. Babcocb was called, but the case did not seem to yield to his treatment, and tbp doctor co uld and nothing in all his medical works that exactly described the case. He thought it closely resembled blood poisoning.

    She became delirious, and said many things which excited suspicion. She talked about her mother. Once she said: "Banbridge, they have found us out, and we might as well get away from here." At another time she said: "Banbrldge, you have got all my money and spent it, and now we haven't any."

    During all this time Banbrldge stayed In her room as much as possible and seemed uneasy. Week before last a letter came to the office directed to Bunbridge, and to solve the mystery, If possible, Mr. Walker took the letter and opened it. It was from his real wife in Michigan. She begged of him to come home and help her support their four children.

    The ladles who attended her had occasion lo go to her trunk for clothes. They found an operatic suit, also that she belonged to an Uncld Tom's Cabin troupe.

    She steadily grew worse until Tuesday of last week, when she died.

    But he, with all this proof of guilt, was allowed to escape."

Logansport Pharos Tribune - May 31, 1885