A Historical Curiosity
by Tyler Young
SERBIAN FREE GAZETTE
Court Clears "Mad" Murderer; Anti-Empire Fury Boils
June 28, 1914, Sarajevo.
Early this morning, President of the Court Luigi von Curinaldi announced that Hugh Ernst, accused mass murderer, had been cleared of criminal wrongdoing. Mr. Ernst will be confined at the Sarajevo Institute for Mental Disorders for the indefinite future.
Mr. Ernst first gained notoriety three months ago when captured in the blood-drenched apartment of his last victim, local student Gavrilo Princip. Mr. Ernst's arrest put an end to a four-day reign of terror that left sixteen young men, all members of various nationalist organizations, dead. Mr. Ernst became an object of tabloid fascination when his defense lawyer, Dr. Rudolf Zistler, announced his defense: Mr. Ernst believed that these murders, which he admitted committing, were necessary to avert a war that would consume the entire world.