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Submitted by: Loren H
Article Title: Mandan Daily Pioneer
Article Date: October 28 1927
Article Description: Husband Goads Wife To Suicide
For goading his wife to death, 20 year old Kendall Cowgen was held today on a charge of
Although Cowgen did not return to his home until three hours after his wife, Viola, 18 had
taken her life by gas, police blamed him for her death, saying that an argument during
which he became bitter was what led his young wife to suicide.
I got angry and said bitter things, Cowgen told police. Then I slammed the door and went
out. Three hours later when I went back I found her dead.
Police sergeant Martin Walsh, who ordered the manslaughter charge against Cowgen, said
Cowgen is the first husband arrested on such charges in Chicago, and that the case might
serve as a legal precedent.
The Cowgens came here from Kansas City, agreeing to a married life somewhat similar to the
companionate union advocated by former Judge Ben Lindsey of Denver. Both were to work and
there were to be no children. After coming, here, Cowgen said his wife often yearned for a
home and children; this precipitating discord which ended in tragedy.
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