99th anniversary of death of “Demented Man” in Porterville Passes unnoticed

… until now.

From the newspaper The San Francisco Call, August 18, 1910: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85066387/1910-08-18/ed-1/seq-7/

DEMENTED MAN STRIPS HIMSELF BEFORE DEATH

Nude Body Found With Clothing Scattered in Field
[Special Dispatch to The Call] PORTERVILLE, Aug. 17.— PORTERVILLE, Aug. 17.— In Alila colony a party  of dove hunters yesterday discovered in a stubble field four miles east of the Southern Pacific railroad the dead body, of a nude man.

About the field were later found articles of clothing which had been torn from the man’s body, indicating that he had become demented. From the emaciated condition of the body it is possible that his mania had been induced by starvation.

In one of the pockets was a bit of paper on which was written “Schneider.”

The dead man was about 40 years of age and 5 feet 7 inches in height. Although his hands were calloused from labor, some of his clothing was unusually good.

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