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?
Prosecutor Jenkins, accompanied by Dr. Walsh, yesterday afternoon paid another visit to the Cooper Hospital and held a conversation with Miss Annie Eisenhardt, the nurse who was assaulted early last Saturday morning. The Prosecutor told her of the many conflicting parts in her story with an idea of abstracting from her a confession.
Philadelphia, Jan. 31 -- It is now the popular belief that the Camden hospital nurse, Annie Eisenhart, inflicted her own injuries. She adheres to her original statement that some strange man assaulted her, but there are many contradictions in her various statements. A physician who made an examination says she was not criminally assaulted.
Miss Annie Eisenhardt, the injured nurs [sic] at the Cooper Hospital, made an important admission yesterday to Doctor Farrett, the resident physician. She admits that the mysterious man who slashed her on Saturday morning had also criminally assaulted her. She steadfastly declared that she did not know who her assailant was.
The physicians say that Annie Eisenhart, the night nurse in the Cooper hospital at Camden, who was assaulted, will recover. There is still no clew to her assailant. She has repeated her first story of the assault in substantially the same words. She accurately describes her assailant, and is confident she could identify him. She said she saw the man twice on Friday.
In White Chapel Style.
Camden, NJ. January 26 - Miss Annie Eisenhart is the head nurse at the Cooper Hospital. Shortly after one o'clock this morning she was tending patients in the male ward on the second floor, and started to the bath-room for some hot water to wet a bandage. Just as she was entering the bath-room, a man stepped from behind the door and grasped her by the wrist, saying, "I want some money." She replied that she had no money, but said she would give him her watch. The man replied that he did not want that, and then, snatching a towel, put it around her neck and began choking her. She screamed and the man pulled the towel tighter, and then secured her wrists and ankles with a heavy cord. After attempting to assault her he drew a long knife and cut off her hair, which was found on the floor in her lace cap, saturated with blood. After stabbing her repeatedly he left her in a dying condition.
Annie Eisenhardt, a nurse in the Cooper Hospital, in Camden, N.J., was found lying unconscious in a pool of blood on the second floor of the building, in the bathroom, about 1 o'clock this morning, after being murderously assaulted by a man, who apparently escaped from the building through the window, by means of a rope formed by tying towels together.