IRDAN MIGUAEL RICHAELIEU
THE CAVEY KING
Shoots Himself in an Empty House
LLANELLY MAN'S DELUSIONS
In the early hours of this morning a shot was heard in the empty premises lately occupied by Mr. I. M. Richaelieu, jeweller, Stepney-street, Llanelly. Mr. Morgan Williams, the next door neighbour, summoned the police, and Police-sergeants Jones and Thomas were quickly on the scene. An entry was effected through the basement, and on going upstairs they found Mr. Richaelieu lying in one of the bedrooms with a bullet through his temple. He was in great pain, and evidently in a critical state. He was removed to the union infirmary, where he now lies, attended by Dr. Roderick and Dr. Brooks.
Strange Writings on the Wall
Upon examining the walls of the room, Police-sergeant Jones found a series of sentences written in lead pencil, of which the following is a sample:—
It is after working 21 years for you, Mrs. Richaelieu, to have everything taken up by a legal clique, and lose you also. I care nothing for money. You, -, -, and -, know that if Lou would only let me see my darling child it would not be so bad. I have done nothing by word, deed, or thought to turn her against me like this. I would have done more and won you again. Now you won't let me see you or my child. I do hope my friends will clear my name and expose those who have lied to make you so bitter to the man whose worst thought was his love for you and his child. Now you - and - have ruined us and driven me to death. I think I hear police seeking me. I may be wrong, for there are always queer noises in this empty house - rats, I think.
The latest report from the infirmary is that the injured man is dangerously ill.
Mr. Richaelieu has had a remarkable career, and since his advent into Llanelly has figured in many capacities. Only recently he was the principal figure in an insurance arbitration case, following upon a fire at his premises. He made claims against several insurance companies, which were contested. After the close of these proceedings he was seized with sudden illness, and was removed to Swansea Hospital, suffering from loss of memory. He then went to London, and it was reported that he had afterwards gone abroad. In the meantime his stock-in-trade, &c., were sold at Llanelly by his wife, the sale lasting for a week.
A Dramatic Scene
One evening when the sale was proceeding Richaelieu suddenly entered the auction-room, and his dramatic gestures created such a panic that several women fainted.
Last year Mr. Richaelieu was imprisoned for six months, this being the sentence imposed upon him at the quarter session on a charge of theft from another jeweller at Llanelly.
After his release from prison his shop-window in Stepney-street was found to be covered over with reflections aimed at a local solicitor who happened to have been retained to prosecute in the charge referred to.
Before coming to Llanelly Richaelieu spent many years in South Africa, and brought back with him a valuable collection of curios, as well as a large quantity of gold. He was a great fancier of birds, and had won scores of prises with his cavies, of which he had an unequalled lot. In fact, he was known as the "Cavey King." His house was an extraordinary museum of living things, great and small, including monkeys, dogs, cats, lizards, snakes, an aquarium full of trout, eels, &c.
Source: Evening Express and Evening Mail - 8th August 1906
Optic Nerve Destroyed
RICHAELIEU LOSES HIS SIGHT
The Llanelly jeweller, Inire Richaelieu, who is alleged to have accidently shot himself through the head, is progressing favourably at Llanelly Workhouse Infirmary, he has lost his sight, the optic nerve having been destroyed. The bullet has not been extracted.
Source: Evening Express and Evening Mail - 11th August 1906
MR. RICHAELIEU PLEABS FOR A CHANCE
ATTEMPTED SUICIDE CHARGE AT CARMARTHEN
ACCUSED PROMISES TO GO TO AUSTRALIA
At Carmarthenshire Quarter Sessions on Friday (Earl Cawdor presiding) a true bill was returned against Irdan Miguel Richaelieu (40), jeweller, Llanelly, indicted for an attempt to commit suicide by shooting himself with a revolver.
Richaeiieu pleaded guilty. Mr. Lloyd Morgan, M.P., prosecuted; Mr. David Rees defended. Mr. Benson represented defendant's wife.
Mr. Rees said prisoner was an extraordinary character and led neighbours to believe he was not always responsible for his actions. He had gene in for such strange hobbies as keeping snakes, lizards, etc., so that he was shunned by neighbours. He had had financial and family troubles, which no doubt unhinged his mind, but after the pain he had gone through it was not likely he would do such a rash act again. Mr. Rees mentioned that if defendant went to prison he would be unable to undergo an operation which was necessary to his one sound eye, and counsel therefore appealed for leniency.
Richaeiieu pleaded for a chance to begin life afresh and said he would go out to Australia, where he had friends. He was bound over to be of good behaviour for three months.
Source: The Cambrian - 26th October 1906