NAIROBI NEWS NOVEMBER 8, 1919: A SUICIDE CASE – PART 2
The deceased man’s luggage and papers gave his name as C. Wharton, and it was soon determined that one man, at least, knew the deceased from serving together in the German East African campaign. This witness said that Mr. Wharton had come to British East Africa to work for him as a surveyor, but when they met on the day of his arrival, Mr. Wharton seemed “unbalanced,” with wild mood swings. On the following Sunday, the deceased said that he was sick and seemed afraid of himself.
The doctor who arrived on the scene, found the victim had a four and a half inch long, one and a half inch deep wound in his neck. A blood-stained razor was found and the wound looked as if it could have been self-inflicted. It was also found that the deceased had previously suffered from tuberculosis but was healthy on his arrival. The verdict of the inquest was ruled “suicide during temporary insanity.”
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