Monday, September 8, 2014
Spurned, Hungarian countess kills herself
After a "violent altercation" with Archduke Eugen of Austria, Countess Gabrielle Szechenyi "shot herself," and was taken to the a local hospital in Basel, Switzerland, with a "wound in her head." She died a short time later.
Archduke Eugen has been a resident of Basel for several years. His close relationship with Countess Gabrielle, a member of a Hungarian noble family, was not known to his family or friends.
Recently, the 61 year old Archduke had "formed a project to marry a rich widow belonging to a patrician family in Basel." When the countess learned of the archduke's plans to marry another woman, she had a row with the archduke and made a "violent scene." When she was unable to persuade Archduke Eugen to "renounce his marriage plans," Countess Gabrielle "shot herself in despair."