Upholsterer Levens Has Hallucinations
Chico Weekly Record, Chico, California - Saturday, December 11, 1897


Told Officers That Arson and Murder Was Being Committed Yesterday.


Will be Examined on a Charge of Insanity

Jack Leven, an upholster [sic], who has been in Chico several months and has been in the employ of Jewell & Johnson at various times, has become mentally deranged and was locked up by Officers Henry and Walsh yesterday morning.

Leven had previously called upon Marshal Mansfield and told queer tales, but as he appeared harmless, he was advised to take some medicine and try and sleep off his strange delusions.

Yesterday morning about three o'clock he approached Officer Henry and gave a startling report. He said that a young woman in Yreka, named Annie Lawrence was to be murdered, and he urged the officer to save her life by telegraphing to the officials. He also said that two fires were being started in town which would destroy large business blocks. Then the officers told him to accompany them to a telegraph office, and it was only a short time until Levens was in a cell in the city prison.

The fellow was very changeable in his immaginations [sic]. He thought he had been doomed to be killed or multilated [sic], but at times he would recover his reason and talk rationally. When his reason would come to him, he would talk of his being "rattled." He is not a drinking man. He will be held in the city prison a day or two longer, and if the physicians believe him to be insane, he will be taken to Oroville.

He formerly resided in Arbuckle, where he was well known, Claud Stanton of the hotel there being one of his friends.

Hmmmm... Don't you wonder whether he really did have inside information regarding imminent crimes?

From the collection of The Comtesse DeSpair.

Dreadful Sentiments...