For many years during the late 1900s and early 1900s, the opulent Grand Union Hotel in Saratoga Springs was host to the rich and famous, as well as politicians and stars of film and stage.
The stomach was analyzed in Albany and the analysis showed the presence of strychnine and Hill was held on the charge of having administered the poison. It was known that Hill had the poison in his possession but there is no direct evidence that he administered the fatal dose.
Timothy Hill is generally regarded as a hard character and a heavy drinker. He figured in a murder case locally a few years ago in which his brother was accused of having shot a man. Several years after the murder occurred, Tim Hill, crazed with liquor, wandered into a saloon in Horicon where, after talking over an hour, he told several men that his brother fired the shot while he stood by and saw the victim gunned down. Despite this statement the brother was not convicted of the crime.
Although Hill is well known to be a heavy drinker, no one has yet been found to testify that he had been intoxicated on the day of Mrs. Loveland’s death. Public opinion is divided with many people supporting the theory of suicide while many believe that the woman was murdered. Hill has little to say, but is confident that he will be acquitted at trial. (Note: The Hill murder trial was one of the most famous cases ever in Adirondack history. Readers will have to wait for this column in the May edition of the Journal to hear the outcome.)
Firm to her convictions
Because her husband, a moderate drinker, refused to accede to her wishes and become a total abstainer, 16 years ago a woman took to her bed and refused to get up until she won her point. The man would not budge and the other day he died in a hospital after an operation. Then the woman tried to get up and found that she couldn’t, the muscles of her legs having become wasted and almost paralyzed.
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