Harold Reynolds Suicide by Poisoning

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A twenty-year-old girl, who vainly fought to save her renected lover from committing suicide, told a dramatic story at the inquest at saiiron Walden on Harold George Joseph Reynolds, aged 20, labourer, of Newport, Essex.

Miss Doris Lillian Frost, of Debden, said that she had been engaged to Reynolds for two and a hall years, but broke off the engagement about a month ago when she discovered that he had been keeping company with another girl.

Three weeks ago he wrote her a letter threatening to jump into a lake, and expressing a wish to take her with him. On September 11 she received another letter saying that he was going to do away with himself. Reynolds called at her house, and when she opened the door showed her a pistol. She implored him not to use It, and he exclaimed, "It's too late. You should have thought the same as I did". She held him by the wrists, and a desperate struggle ensued.

Reynolds said that he would also kill her dog, as it had had more love than it ought to have had. He then produced a mug and put it to his lips," said Miss Frost. "It smelt strongly of poison, and became triantened and ran into the garden. I then heard a gunshot. I turned round and saw him lying on the ground groaning, with a wound in his head. He died shortly afterwards."

Police evidence was given that Reynolds had purchased a pistol and bullets in a neighbouring town and some poison in another town, giving as his reason in the second case that he wanted to destroy wasps. The coroner said that the man met his death from poison self-administered and gunshot wounds self-inflicted, and at the time he was of unsound mind.