DEATH OF MRS. FANNIE ALLSUP
The Montgomery Advertiser > May 24, 1919
W. K. Allsup murders wife as she sleeps, then shoots himself
Horrible Tragedy in Birmingham; Allsup has brother in Montgomery
Birmingham, Alabama, May 23, 1919
Noiselessly entering the apartments of his wife, W. K. Allsup 38, former employee of the Frisco railroad shot and killed her and then turned the weapon on himself, sending a bullet into his head through the mouth, killing himself instantly. The tragedy took place at 613 South Twenty-seventh Street this morning before Mrs. Allsup had gotten up. The couple had three children, the juvenile court taking charge of two of them, after the tragedy said the third one, being on a visit in the county. Mr. and Mrs. Allsup had been married several years, but had separated about two months ago. Several months ago Allsup lost one of his arms in an accident and since then has not worked much. Neighbors say that Allsup called at the home yesterday, but was denied entrance. He returned this morning and opened a window and crept into the place and perpetrated the tragedy. According to one of the children, the father and husband had failed to work and Mrs. Allsup had been taking in sewing. A sensational letter was forwarded by the Coroner addressed: “To whom this may concern.” And bearing date of Birmingham, Alabama, May 23, 1919. It read as follows: “To whom this may concern: “This will state that I have found out so much about my wife, Fannie Allsup, that I have decided that woman cannot do me like she has and live, so I am going to kill her, and then myself, so you can see Mrs. Y L. Cranson, 2012 Five Avenue North and she can tell you all about this. I want my brother in Montgomery to have Irene, and he can do what he thinks best, in regard to the boys, I don’t want her people to have anything of the children. This wife has drove me mad, so I am going to put an end to both of us. The children will be better off without us as things now stand. So goodbye to all. I hope God will forgive me for my rash act. Signed: W. K. Allsup. *************************
C. B. Allsup, of 214 Madison Avenue is a brother of W. K. Allsup. He is spoken of in the letter found by the coroner. C. B. Allsup was employed here as a watchmaker and only recently went to Pensacola, Florida to work. His wife received the notice of the tragedy and notified Mr. Allsup, but on account of a recent illness he was not able to go to Birmingham. Mrs. Allsup stated Friday night that her information concerning this tragedy was very incomplete. She had not received any information concerning the deceased man’s desire to have her husband take charge of his daughter. Mrs. Allsup said she supposed they would take the children or little girl, if later information confirmed the fact that such was the desire of her brother-in-law.