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Shoots Self After Killing Five Members of the Family,
Murders Own Baby
Each of William Cameron's Victims Shot in Head -- Three Escape

BOISE, Idaho, Oct. 29---William Cameron, formerly proprietor of the Carey Idaho hotel and livery stable and mail carrier between Picabo and Carey, shot and killed his wife's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Adamson; his brother-in-law, James Adamson, his little daughter, aged 18 months, and his wife, and finished his bloody work by shooting himself in the head at Carey tonight. Cameron is still alive, but there are no hopes for his recovery. All of his victims were shot in the head with a revolver and with the exception of James Adamson all died instantly.

On Murder Bent.

Cameron, whose wife was suing him for divorce, came to the Adamson home in search of her. He entered the kitchen door with a revolver in his hand. Adamson senior, who had the baby girl in his arms, started to disarm him and was shot in the head and instantly killed. Cameron then pursued the others and shot them all down with the exception of Adamson's unmarried daughter, Edith, and Cameron's three other children, who escaped. The body of Mrs. Cameron was found shortly before midnight in an outhouse back of the Adamson home. She like Cameron's other victims had been through the head and instantly killed. Beside her lay Cameron himself with a bullet in the head. The three elder children of the Camerons and Edith Adamson, sister of Mrs. Cameron, all of whom fled with Mrs. Cameron when the shooting began, were found uninjured.

Wife Lied for Him.

Cameron was recently arrested at the instigation of neighbors for assault on his wife. She testified that the wounds she bore resulted from a fall against a table when she fainted. The court expressed appreciation of her efforts to save her husband, but found Cameron guilty, and he was given a jail sentence. Through the influence of friends he was released in a short time, and had been brooding over his domestic troubles since.

"Idaho Man Slays Every One in House,"
The Spokesman-Review, (Spokane, Washington),
30 Oct 1915, p. 1, col. 6.


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