The police authorities of Manhattan on Friday sent out a general alarm order, calling for the arrest of William Hooper Young, a grandson of Brigham Young, the dead longtime head of the Mormon church. The fugitive is charged by the police with having murdered Mrs. Lillie Kingston–Pulitzer, the young married woman whose mutilated body was found on Thursday last in the Morris Canal, at Kearney, NJ. In a room recently occupied by Young the police found a blood-soaked bed, a blood-stained covered in which the body of the murdered woman is supposed to have been concealed until disposed of in the canal, and also found a pair of stockings, identified as a property of the dead woman.
The "World" says that among the books found in Young's room was the cover of a small, cheap book on which was stamped in gilded letters "Practical References." On the inside were the following notes, supposed to be in Young's handwriting:
Three young Mormon missionaries occupied rooms adjoining the room until recently occupied by the supposed murderer. The notes which the "World" prints are supposed to indicate the Scriptural authority for the Mormon doctrine of Blood Atonement, taught in the early days of Mormonism by Brigham Young, Jedediah Grant and other distinguished leaders of the Mormon Church. These notes were written on the cover of a book of references which is used by Mormon missionaries.
This doctrine justifies the shedding of blood for the offence of apostasy and other so-called Mormon sins. Brigham Young, in expounding the doctrine of Blood Atonement, held that certain sins could not be atoned for without blood-letting—in brief, that to save the soul of a man or a woman guilty of these sins it was absolutely necessary to kill the sinner.
To make a specific application of this doctrine, it may be said it declares that only by shedding the blood of an adulteress can a woman's salvation be accomplished.
[The article proceeds to give historical speeches on blood atonement that are not the product of new reporting on the murder case.]
["Mul's Letter," The Brooklyn Citizen, September 21, 1902, 6 (https://www.newspapers.com/image/541913696/); Mormonr (mormonr.org/sources)]
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