Princeton, NJ Nursing Home Fire, June 1956
NURSING HOME FIRE WAS SET.
WOMAN SAID SHE DID IT FOR EXCITEMENT.
Princeton, N.J. -- A woman who told police she
"just wanted excitement," was charged today with setting a nursing home afire that claimed the lives of three mentally disturbed women.
MISS MILDRED WATERS, 29, of Rocky Hill, Conn., admitted to police that she lit a piece of tissue paper and held it to a curtain in her room.
Two women were burned to death and a third suffocated in the blaze which swept through an 11-room cottage annex to the Ten Acre Foundation Nursing Home, run by and for Christian Scientist, but not connected officially with the church.
ELEANORE SAMPSON, 49, of Boston.
MRS. BESS MYER, 77, of Philadelphia.
MRS. EILEEN HUGGETT, 31, of New Orleans.
MISS WATERS set the $100,000 fire only a day after she was admitted to the mental ward, police said. She was held without bail pending mental tests.
Daily Intelligencer Doylestown Pennsylvania 1956-06-23