The New York Times reports on the relationship of "blood atonement" to William Hooper Young's murder trial.

Feb 4, 1903
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"Hooper Young's Trial Today," New York Times, February 4, 1903, 16

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District Attorney Studin, New York Times, William Hooper Young
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Assistant District Attorney Studin reiterated yesterday his statement regarding the disappearance of several witnesses, but said that nevertheless Young would be convicted. While Mr. Studin did not lay the disappearance of these witnesses directly at the door of the Mormon Church, he declared emphatically that the Mormon friends and relatives of the defendant were putting forth efforts to defeat the case of the prosecution. Mr. Studin pointed to an article which appeared over Young's name in the October number of the Crusader, the magazine edited in Hoboken by the prisoner and his friend Dixie Anzer. The article was headed "Sunrise in Hell," and in it, Mr. Studin said, there appeared more or less vague references to the "blood atonement" doctrine.

It was learned yesterday that, while the prosecution would not assume that this doctrine had any direct relation to the motive for the murder, it might be used to throw additional light on the tragedy. The "blood atonement" doctrine teaches that the soul of any Mormon who has gone back on his or her faith may be saved by the shedding of the blood of such a person as was the woman, and that the blessing thus conferred will reflect credit in the other world on the person who commits the deed.

According to Mr. Studin, the prosecution has proof positive that the murdered woman was a frequenter of Mormon meetings in this city and in her native town of Perth Amboy before her marriage, and that she was on the point of becoming a convert to the Mormon faith.

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