New York, NY Four Suffocated by Gas, Apr 1902


Tragedy Followed Celebration of Young Man's Engagement

Bodies of the Bridegroom-to-Be, His Mother, Sister, and a Girl Friend Found by His Business Partner.

Esther Kohen, fifty years old, a widow; her son Henry, twenty-three; a daughter, Lena, seventeen, and a Hungarian friend, Edith Flow, sixteen, were found dead from illuminating gas at 8 o'clock last night in the apartments of the Kohens at 1157 Third Avenue. A gas jet was turned on in the parlor, where Henry lay dead on a lounge.

The three women were undressed and in one bed in the bedroom. All the windows, fanlights, and outer doors were closed. There was an engagement celebration at the Kohen apartment Monday night, to celebrate the betrothal of Henry Kohen to Miss Eva Ginsberg, daughter of Moses Ginsberg of 46 Allen Street. The festivities were attended by a number of friends invited by Henry and his fiancee.

The dancing and other amusements were kept up until 2 o'clock yesterday morning. Henry's sweetheart and her father then left to go to her own home and the Kohens retired.

Edith Flow decided, on the invitation of the Kohens, to spend the night there. Henry Kohen was partner in a bicycle business, at Third Avenue and Ninety-Third Street, with Meyer Karonsky of 217 East Ninety-Fifth Street. Kohen not having appeared at the store all day, Karonsky went to Kohen's home to ascertain the reason.

Not receiving any response to his knocking, and smelling gas, he became alarmed and forced in the door. Accompanied by Mrs. Clara Berente, who lives on the same floor, he went in and threw open the windows, and then the bodies were discovered. The gas in the room where the women lay dead was not turned on and, in the kitchen, the gas was burning low.

Policeman O'Neill of the East Eighty-Eighth Street Station was called in. He sent to the Presbyterian Hospital for an ambulance, which arrived in charge of Dr. Keatber. The surgeon said that all four had been dead many hours. So far as could be learned, there had been no quarrel in the flat Monday night. None of the neighbors knew the residence of the Flow girl.

April 16, 1902 edition of The New York Times