Friday, November 27, 2015

Murder-Suicide-Oscar Gray and Ida Mae Lee

 In September of 1913, twenty year old Oscar Gray went to his childhood sweethearts house. It was a cool Saturday morning.  It was his idea to gather his lovely friend, Ida Mae, and go mushroom hunting in the apple orchard to the north of Salem.  Ida readily agreed and off they drove in his buggy,  It was 8am.
For Ida, no one would ever see her alive again.
Oscar however, was seen just two hours later, racing his horse and buggy through town to his grandmothers.
 There, he took care of the horse, and then went into his grandmothers kitchen.   She found him a short time later, writing a note.  As she entered the room, he stood up angrily and shoved the note in his pocket. Without a word, he left. That was the last anyone saw him alive.
For two days, everyone thought they eloped.    It was no secret that the two had been forbidden to mary by Ida's mother, Mrs. Lee.   By Monday, Ida was discovered.  She had been shot in the head, her head covered with a shirt, and her body dragged into the bush.  A few hours later, the body of Oscar was found, on the other side of the orchard.  He had shot himself.  Clutched in his hand was  a note.
1.     I DID IT AND IT CAME ALL OF A SUDDEN.  WE WERE WALKING ALONG AND …EVERYONE IS SORRY AFTERWARDS AND SO AM I.  GOD FORGIVE US.  IDA IS AS GOOD AS SHE EVER WAS….MOMMA FORGIVE ME AND FORGET.  I LOVED IDA DEARLY BUT MRS LEE WOULD NOT LET ME HAVE HER, SO I TOOK HER ANYWAYS.  I AM GOING NOW TO THE WOODS FOR MUSHROOMS.  GOOD BYE  OSCAR LEE GRAY


If he couldn't have her, then no one would.   Both are buried at Hope Cemetery.   
The home of Oscar Gray still stands today.  It is empty and has been for years.  There are some stories that talk of a haunting here.  G12P would love to go in and find out!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Where is this house and Hope Cemetery where this couple is buried located at?