March 18, 1907
Despondency over ill health it is believed caused Miss Ella Zorn, a former telephone operator, 20 years old, to commit suicide by taking carbolic acid at the home of her sister, Mrs. Theodore Fromell, with whom she and her mother were visiting, 409 Colorado avenue, about 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The young woman was a niece of Dr. Louis A. Zorn, under indictment for the murder of Albert Secrest at Ninth and Prospect avenue some time ago. She with her mother made their home with a brother of Dr. Zorn, Charles Zorn, 3125 Vine street.
The mother had left the room where the girl lay on a couch, only for a few moments, and when she returned Miss Zorn was writhing in agony from the effects of the acid she had just taken. The mother, at first, thought the girl was suffering from an attack of her heart trouble, to which she was subject, but on drawing closer to the couch detected the fumes of the poison. She ran to the home of a neighbor, who sent for Dr. W. H. Crowder, 5000 Independence avenue. When the physician arrived the girl was still alive, and medical attention was promptly given her, but she died a half-hour later.
Mr. and Mrs. Fromell were out when the girl took the acid, but they returned home just before she died.
Miss Zorn and her mother had spent the night before with Mrs. Fromell and their intention was to return to their home last evening.
"I can see no other reason than despondency over ill health for the girl taking her own life," said Mr. Fromell last night. "She seemed in good spirits all of the day."
The fatal draught was sipped from a little china cup aand it is supposed the poison was found by the girl on one of the pantry shelves. Joseph Zorn, a brother, lives at 1326 Askew avenue.