Princeton, NJ Nursing Home Fire, June 1956



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.
Dead are:
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

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