FORTY-FIRST YEAR, NO. 120.
PROVO, UTAH, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1926.
PRICE TWO CENTS
OF TWO GIRLS
Case Baffles Salt
Lake Polic e Force
Police Believe That Ruth Drake Of Payson, Infatuated With
Sarah Lundstedt, Killed Friend and Self With
Cyanide; Feared Separation
SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 29.— Mad infatuation, grown
frenzied at the thought of coming separation, is believed to
be the reason for the death of Ruth Drake and Sarah Lund-
stedt, two young Salt Lake girls, whose bodies, -were found
beside a vacant auto near* Beck's Hot Springs Sunday night.
The girls were Ruth Drake, 22, whose parent reside in Pay-
son and Sarah Lundstedt, 22, a native of Layton. '
A letter from Miss Drake to Miss Lundatedt was discov-
ered by police, and it reveals a f riendshin, of more than ordi-
nary depth between the two girls. .The letter indicated a
girlish "crush" on the part of Miss Drake, and one which
Miss Lundstedt did hot fully return.
Police are now working on the theory that Miss Drake
crazed by the thought of Miss Lundstedt's coming departure
to California, gave her friend pojsorund then drank the fatal
~ — — ® A broken flask with the bottom
intact was found at a short distance
frunv the tsidles, and was found to
contain cyanide dissolved in water.
Miss I >ntkr had act-ess to cyanide at
the jewelry store, it was revealed.
At an autopsy performed Mmi-
day by Dr. J. J. Galllgan and Her-
man Harms, state .chemist. It was
found that a discoloration and a
strong odor in the stomachs of both
ijlris indicated the presence of cyan-
ide. This will I* carefully analyz-
ed, and the result learned Tuesday.
Associates or Miss Drake declare)
[i'iii she bad been acting strangely
for some time. Alfred Ilurrcll, em-
ployed at the Jewelry store, said
-that Miss Drake had shIukI him n
number of (|«etttlon»- about j»ois-
oued cigarettes and cyanide, once
iiKludng as to bow much cyanide JJJ
took to kill a person.
Tlie girl's mother believes that
her daughter was mentally derang-
ed by her unnatural affection far
it has been established that the
Iragedy occurred after 7 o'clock,
since the girls left Ogden at 7
o'clock, after visitlug Miss Drake's
uncle. J. H. Drake, at 2flS3 Keisel
Avenue, and attending a theatre.
The bodies of the two girls were
discovered by passing motorists
shortly after o'clock. Fred B.
Muuser of Rait Lake, noticed the
roadster beside the rond, and slow-
ing down, the bodies of the girls
were to be seen. Miss Liiiistedfa
body stilt allowed signs of life, but
she was dead by the time the ninbu-
Inni'o which had been summoned had
rushed the Riris to the emergency
hospital. Miss Drake wns dead at
the time of the discovery.
Alfred Bnrrell, who worked in the
same Jewelry store as Miss Drake,
had lent her the car at 9:30 o'clock
in the morning, he tolit officers.
Barrel! was questioned at police
heudiputrtcrs, but was released
when hl.s story seemed definitely
shortly after 11 o'clock, Miss
Drake culled nt the store for a ring
previously given her by the other
girl, saying that she intended to re-
turn It. Miss Drake then drove to
Miss lams t tilt's home, and the girls
departed, ostensibly for Ogden. The
ring was la tor fcjiud on Miss
f j Drake's body.
Prior to the autopsy, three ponstb-
l J lliiles were considered: double sui-
■lirtc. double murder, or murder and,
• ( Mrs. Mary K. Denies of the Hlll-
iirest apartments, at whose home
''Miss Lundstedt formerly roomed,
. identified her body and said she was
! Iconvim-ed thnt she had not commlt-
Consternation Reigns When
Popular Girl's Death Is Dis-
covered; Mother Called to
Salt Lake Late Sunday. •■
(Special to The Herald)
I'Ai'SOS, Nor. »— <_'oii*teninILou
rclgritid Lore early this morning iik
new* of the tragi* oaatb of Mln*
Itnta Drake in Suit l-ake Hunday
lilBlM nnilu-i] here. The truf-cd-,-
has iH'i'ii i hf main lojilc of epnreraa-
tlan t&rottgttont the Bay, Wherever
uroutm nave gathered on tap HtreotM,
at tin' Ktonm, at tin: Hi'boola, oc in
tlie li.miin. the wid dt-atli of Uuth
Mis &WII (UWUMKli
Payayi ili**h (iradunle —
Ifufli was u favorite here Human
the young people when she ntlanded
I lie Ini-ul si-lwols. Mill- graduated
from (In- I'ny*.!. hlfth school In lfti'1
Mil* miR-nii aeeoinplixhed plnn'ofot
unit was considered by nil whs knew
1'iT In' lie i) model ynuiiK woauiu.
Slii' H|n-iit TliiinkHBlviiig diij with
her ninilii'i- hen, and also tlie Sua-'
day previous to thnt.
Ittuli D rak e wtm tin* dmu-nter of
Mr. innl Sir* t:. B. Drake, Her
father bus been muster mechanic nt
flip I'fi.vwi'ii plant of the rtulildaho
Sugar row-puny daring tin* punt 14
ji-iirs. owing tin* imMI '» beet
entnimtgi), .Mr. Drake and his sou
i hieitt liuvi- been Working nt the
aikar faetqjy ui tlelMughnm, Wash.,
hlnre the Intral plan) bai been nhtit
111..11, iiiu' t<> tin* pnor beet "op in
Mother i*. palled—
Mrs, Drake w«a Brat notified Hint
soint-tbltig whs Wrong Sanility iilcht
-t 1 1 ;J!tl i.'i-'oi-1c. Sin.' hum rriiiiestitl
i.i .:■».>■ In Suit I.nki- Immediately,
having H .slik Iti by In nlii.-iul to,
Mr-. Drake »t first Intended to wait
'j ill Monday morning in go to Unit
l-iike, lint wln'ii the calls from (here
in-lMi'd thui -die come Immediately,
sin- .■iiT.'iin.i'd to have ii nurse re-
iiiiln with 1 in- child. Amimnanlen
1 y Miiiiii Wli(-nu, HiiiHTlntoadpnt nf
ili" \i-Imi wimiiiH and a neighbor or
nit- Drake finally, Mm. Drake left
lor Hull I,n k<> ut mldokflht Simdiiy.
It \wi« not until she itrrlvi-il there
that she wna told nt tin* death of
Kniti was 22 'years of age. She
K survived iiy her p ar ent s , three
•■fattec* and two lu'oihirs. us follows :
Anna Drake, Who la an hii I.. D. 8.
lai-u-iifu ui Hun Jfoae, California:
iJ.ii.-ar. Mellm. Alain and Jean
lii-uki', all of Pay sou. Mr. and Mrs.
i"im Johnson. «r.. of Benjamin, are
ii.,- maternal grandiMrenta -f Itmli,
lift 1 futhejs'a ndallvi'H live in Otidi-n.
i.'i r|!-lli-(.[nt Love —
Aii-ordlng to friends of tin' Drake
tuutlly, itntli mid Mnrab Lnndatedt.
wlio iilso died" In thp mysterious
tragedy, tinvo been friend* for mora
lliun three years; An anuawal and
dei-]>-ronled love. Ik said to have
li-i'n shown l>y Itniti towards her
■liiim. it 1m Kiild thai these deep
recites have eonalderably worried
Mrs, Hrake, who feared thnt it *aa
i.nt well fur her daughter to allow
l-er fn-lliitrn ta run in that dirt-i-tion.
Mr-o l;r.il;i' la inlil to hare told
:iriahl«ors hi*vi- thai Knth'M luve for
Sarah was snch that she would do
ruiythlng for her; It i . xald (hat at
. ini.-s niioii Mls-s Dffnko visit oil her
kimii' for n da^ that she.wn.s In the
lialilt of iiilrtiic Snrub mid lulklns
.villi In-r over the telephone.
It tvaa li-anu-d hire thut Itnlli
had norenase*] a ring to *ftvo Barab
when she di'[inned- tor rnlifori'lu
witbla too ni'it two weeka, sue la
tlsn mid 10 have piiri-bowti 11 eoat
fur b-T «I«lt*r Ainm. Hntunlay.
which aba wiim to si'iul to Sun Jose.