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Arsenic Anna :The True Story of Anna Marie Hahn

Final Words - Part 2

Anna described a struggle within her and the problems she had accepting what she had done.   Nonetheless, the battle was short lived and it was not long before she moved on.   In describing her encounter with George Heis, Anna denied any wrongdoing, but did admit foul play in regards to Jacob Wagners ultimate fate.   Apparently Anna had stolen some of Wagners bankbooks and when he found out she became scared that he would turn her in.

I got scared that if the police would start questioning me maybe all this about Mr. Palmer would come out.    Something cried out in me to stop him, so that all my troubles wouldnt start again.   I don't know what guided my hand, but I fixed him some orange juice and placed a half of teaspoon of the powder poison, which I took from my purse in the glass.   Mr. Wagner drank it down.  ...   Early the next day, I went back to the room and Mr. Wagner was very sick.   I knew what I had done to him.    It was another mind that made me do these things.   I didn't do them.    I cannot describe how I felt when Mr. Wagner died and that I had something to do with his death.    I did not harm Mr. Wagner for his money.   I never had such a thought.   It was not until Mr. Wagner had died that I wrote the will.   I placed in his room on the afternoon that the man from the Probate came to Mr. Wagner's room.   The poison that I used is, for all that I know, still in my house.   I found it first in the paint cupboard in the basement.   If I had never found that poison in the first place I know that I would not be in all this trouble right now.

Anna had little to say in regards to George Gsellman and George Obendorfer.   While she did not describe the circumstances surrounding to two mens premature deaths, she did appear to take credit for them.

I cannot say anything about those other cases that came after -- Mr. Yeltsin and that last one, Mr. Obendorfer -- except that they died of the same symptoms and as I face my Maker I take full responsibility for what happened in them.

As Annas letter came to a close, she again described the battles she had to fight within her, in order to keep her sanity and touched upon her son and the concern she had for his well-being.

There were times in the courtroom, the times that the newspapers wrote, that I seemed worried, that I was just about ready to cry out.   I was just about ready to cry out.  I could hardly keep my secret in me.   It seemed that I would have to cry out.   I wanted to cry out that they were trying the other Anna Hahn and not this one sitting in the courtroom.  Somehow I kept the secret.    I hope that God will take care of my son, for I would not want anything to happen to my boy.    I feel that God has shown me my wrongs in life and my only regret is that I have not the power to undo the trouble and heartache that I have caused. 

(signed) Anna Marie Hahn

After reading Annas confession, detectives, while shocked that she actually admitted her crimes, were elated that, in the end, they got most of the answers they had desperately been seeking. 

Annas son, 12-year-old Oskar Hahn, was placed with a foster family in the Midwest.   The Cincinnati Crime Book claims that the newspaper kept its promise to Anna and bankrolled the boys education and never revealed his name or whereabouts to the public.   The only thing ever released about Oskar was that he lived a normal life and eventually fought for the Navy during World War II.

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