Murder-Suicides Blamed on Nihilism (1899)

Alexandria Gazette [VA] 13 Feb. 1899
     Henry P. Rhodes, a prominent attorney of Denver, Col., is dead as the result of wounds inflicted by himself last Tuesday afternoon.
     A few hours after his death, Mrs. Olga Lavrenius, a young Russian widow, understood to have been Rhodes’s fiancee, shot and instantly killed her ten-year old son and then sent a bullet through her own brain.
     The tragedies of Tuesday and Wednesday both occurred at the Arno, a fashionable hotel where Rhodes and Mrs. Lavrenius boarded for several months.
     Tuesday afternoon Rhodes was found in his room by his friend, John S. Mosby, Jr., rapidly sinking from loss of blood caused by a deep gash in each arm and each leg. He lingered till Friday morning. 
     Mrs. Lavrenius attended him at the hospital until his death. Thursday night after her little son was asleep she shot him through the head and then turned her weapon upon herself.

   Rhodes was a Kentuckian, belonging to one of the best families of that State.
     Mrs. Lavrenius was a nihilist, and with her husband, was several years ago sentenced to life imprisonment in Siberia.
     Five or six years ago they were pardoned by the Czar and came to this country. Lavrenius died two years ago. They are said to have belonged to a wealthy family, and have always received liberal remittances from Russia.
     It is believed by Rhodes’s friends that his suicide and that of the woman were the result of nihilistic ideas with which the latter is said to have imbued the young attorney.”

There were other articles about the deaths of Henry Rhodes, Olga Lavrenius, and Alexander Lavrenius, but they basically contained the same information.

The San Fransisco Call 10 Feb. 1899