The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, Volume 29, Number 85, 21 March 1929
Kills Girl Who Rejected Plea For Her Heart
Naperville, Ill., March 21.-(U.P.)-
In dying whispers, 22-year-old Margaret Weismantel last night forgave her jealous sweetheart who fatally wounded her and then began a race with death to a hospital.
A weak “I do.” in answer to a plea for forgiveness brought little relief to Theodore Freeman, 23, who shot Margaret because she refused to say those same words a few hours earlier when he proposed marriage.
Freeman accosted his sweetheart as she returned from a dance with Dean Perry. He fired several shots into her body and then turned on Perry. Perry fell seriously wounded.
Freeman picked up Margaret’s body and ordered an autoist to drive him to an Aurora hospital. Margaret died before reaching the hospital but not until she had forgiven her lover.
Freeman then drove to Naperville police station and confessed.
The Southeast Missourian - Mar 22, 1929
FORMER CAPE MAN IS HELD IN SLAYING OF HIS SWEETHEART
[By The Associated Press]
Naperville, Ill., March 22.-
Pleading for a speedy trial and execution, Theodore Freeman, 23, is in jail here accused of killing his sweetheart and seriously wounding the rival who had won her affections.
Freeman, a truck driver who said he came here from Cape Girardeau, Mo., three years ago, shot the couple Wednesday night while in a jealous rage. The girl, Margaret Weismantle, was killed almost instantly. The man Dean Perry, is in a critical condition.
The couple had returned from a movie and was sitting in an automobile in front of the girl's home when Freeman crept upon them and opened fire from a pistol he had taken from a policeman, a friend of his.
The young man pleaded with authorities to let him have one look at his sweetheart. His request was denied. He then pleaded that they try him at once and sentence him to death.
No action has been taken pending an inquest.
Inquiry today failed to reveal that Freeman is known here, although police consider it possible that he worked here for a short time.
The Southeast Missourian - Mar 23, 1929
GIRL'S SLAYER ONCE LIVED IN SCOTT COUNTY
Ted Freeman, held in Naperville, Ill., as the slayer of his sweetheart of three years, formerly lived at Chaffee, where he is well known, according to officers today. Freeman left Chaffee three years ago and for a time lived in Cape Girardeau where he drove a motor truck.
Freeman, according to press reports, shot and killed Margaret Weismantel, 22, after he caught her and another man, Dean Perry, sitting in an automobile in from of the girl's home. Freeman expressed sorrow at his act and asked an immediate trial. Perry, the third angle of the triangle, was wounded but will live. Officers said the girl had spurned Freeman's attentions after being his "steady" for three years.
True Republican, 27 March 1929
Man Who Murdered Girl In Jealous Rage Makes a Confession
Miss Margaret Weismantle [sic], 22, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Weismantle, of 14 Mill street, Naperville, was shot and killed at 1 o’clock Thursday morning in front of her home by a jilted suitor, Theodore Freeman, 24. Dean Perry, 23, also of Naperville, was probably fatally wounded when he threw himself in front of the jealous lover’s gun in an effort to shield the girl from the bullets. He is in St. Charles hospital in Aurora.
The girl was killed in a jealous rage because she had accompanied Dean Perry to a picture theater in Joliet.
“Ted” Freeman made a complete confession to State’s Attorney Chauncey Reed and Assitsant [sic] State’s Attorney Win Koch late Thursday afternoon and was held to the grand jury on a charge of first degree murder.
The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, Volume 29, Number 229, 9 September 1929
Slayer of His Fiancee Has Prison Hitch
Wheaton, Ill., Sept. 9-(U.P.)-
Theodore Freeman, 24, who confessed he killed his sweetheart, Margaret Weismantel, Naperville, because he found her in another man's arms, must serve 35 years in Joliet penitentiary for his crime.
Judge Frederick B. Shepherd meted out the sentence yesterday noon after a Du Page county circuit court jury returned a verdict of guilty of second degree murder. The jury deliberated eleven hours.
The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, Volume 29, Number 233, 13 September 1929
Slayer of Sweetheart Starts Serving Time
Joliet, Ill., Sept. 13-(U.P.)-
Theodore Freeman, 22, who killed Margaret Weismantle, Naperville, his sweetheart, because he “found her in another man’s arms,” started service of a 35-year term in the state penitentiary here today. Freeman, a resident of Naperville, was convicted and sentenced at Wheaton.
Chicago Tribune Sept. 13, 1929
Naperville Youth Sentenced for Slaying Sweetheart
Theodore Freeman, 24 years old, of Naperville, was sentenced to 35 years in Joliet penitentiary yesterday for the murder of his sweetheart, Miss Margaret Weismantel. Freeman was convicted by a jury in the Du Page county Circuit court at Wheaton last Sunday. In addition he was given a 14 year sentence for wounding Dean Perry, an automobile salesman, who was in an automobile with Miss Weismantel at the time she was slain.
True Republican, 14 September 1929
Two Young Murderers Receive Long Sentences
Two young murderers were sentenced to long terms in Joliet prison from two adjoining counties, DuPage and McHenry, Saturday afternoon and night.
Ralph “Red” Haupris, confessed slayer of Henry Mengs, aged Woodstock bachelor, was given a sentence of 75 years in prison by Judge E. D. Shurtleff Saturday afternoon at the conclusion of arguments of the attorneys. He received his sentence calmly, unaffected by the ordeal of his plea for mercy.
Theodore Freeman, 24 years old Naperville young man, who shot and killed his sweetheart because she was out with another man, was sentenced to 35 years in prison, by Judge Frank W. Shepherd, at Wheaton, after he had been found guilty of second degree murder by a jury Sunday morning.
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