New Jersey Obituaries - October 26, 1898 - Miss Alice Malone

A Suicide By Burning

Miss Alice Malone's Tragic Death

She Was Living in East Red Bank and Was Temporarily Insane-She Built a Fire in the Field and Walked Into It

Last Thursday morning Miss Alice Malone of New York, who was living with her brother, Barney Malone, on the William L. Loew place in East Red Bank, was burned to death. She built a fire on the place, near a clump of trees and then walked into the fire in order to commit suicide. She was terribly burned before she was rescued. She was taken to the Long Branch hospital where she died the next day.

Miss Malone was temporarily insane and was despondent because she was out of work. She also imagined she had committed some great wrong and she wanted to atone for it. She came to Red Bank only a few days before her death. About a week before she came to Red Bank she tried to commit suicide but was prevented. She was known to be out of her mind, and was kept closely watched.

On Thursday morning she escaped the vigilance of her brother and Frank Donohue, who were watching her, and escaped from the house. As soon as she was missed both men set out to search for her. Mr. Malone went to the steamboat landing, as he thought his sister might have taken the boat back to New York.

In the meantime Mr. Donohue was looking about the place for the missing woman. His attention was attracted by smoke arising from a clump of trees a short distance from the house. He hurried in the direction of the smoke and found Miss Malone standing erect, with her clothing a sheet of flame. He attempted to pull the clothes from the woman, but she fought him and he had hard work to put out the fire. She was horribly burned about the arms legs and face.

Miss Malone was taken to the house and Dr. William C. Armstrong was summoned. He dressed the burns and later she was taken to the Long Branch hospital, where she died on Friday morning. The funeral was held on Saturday and the burial was at Mt. Olivet cemetery at Headden's Corner.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, October 26, 1898