The Camden Mystery - January 26, 1889

Was she or wasn't she? On January 26, 1889 nurse Annie Eisenhardt was found cut and bleeding in a restroom at Cooper Hospital. Her tale of what had happened to her and the physical evidence were in conflict, and it appears that her wounds were self-inflicted. Or were they?

I've only found a few articles relating to this event, so until I find some more, or some intrepid researcher hits the microfilms at the Camden County Historical Society, all I can tell you is what the press of the day, across the country, had to say about what allegedly occurred. I don't know what became of Miss Eisenhardt after she left Cooper Hospital. It appears however, that she did not remain in Camden.

Besides Nurse Eisenhardt, other significant players in the story include Dr. Harry Jarrett of Cooper Hospital, Camden Chief of Police Samuel Dodd, Camden Mayor Jesse Pratt, Cooper Hospital night watchman Samuel Ellis, and Camden County prosecutor Wilson H. Jenkins.

Phil Cohen
April 6, 2005

New York Times - January 27, 1889

Philadelphia Inquirer - January 28, 1889

Wheeling, West Virginia
January 28, 1889

Trenton Times
January 28, 1889

Philadelphia Inquirer - January 30, 1889

Kansas City Star - January 31, 1889

Philadelphia Inquirer - February 1, 1889

Kansas City Times * February 1, 1889

Philadelphia Inquirer * February 15, 1889