1994 Anne Scripps Douglas murder

May 31st, 2009 - 10:07 pm ICT by GD  

“An heiress to the Scripps newspaper fortune has died a week after being bludgeoned in her home while her daughter slept a few rooms away, police said yesterday. Anne Scripps Douglas, 47, died in hospital Thursday afternoon. She never regained consciousness after the New Year’s Eve beating in her posh home some 25 kilometers (15 miles) north of New York city,” read the front page story of the, the January 8th, 1994 issue of the New York Times.

Anne Scripps Douglas, the only heiress to the family fortune of the Sripps newspaper, was found is an unconscious and bludgeoned state in her bedroom on the New Year’s Day by her daughter Annie Morell. Anne Scripps, then never could regain consciousness and died six days later.

The main suspect for the murder of Anne Scripps Douglas was her second husband, Scott Douglas who had gone missing for some time after allegedly physically abusing his wife, while Victoria, their three year old daughter was asleep in the next room.

After assaulting Scripps, Scott had taken had hurriedly taken off in a car. The next morning that was on Saturday, the police found the car in which the Scott had “scooted off” on the Tappan Zee Bridge, at the time when the car was found the motor of the car was still running. But the suspected culprit was never to be found.

Friends of the late heiress, Anne Scripps Douglas describe her to be very trusting and very naive and some think that these two qualities of her, led to her death ultimately.

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