30 years apart to the day: The suicides of two St. Louis beer barons

30 years apart to the day: The suicides of two St. Louis beer barons

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On Feb. 13, 1904, a servant heard a muffled pop from her master's bedroom. She summoned his sons, who broke down the locked door and found William J. Lemp Sr. dead with a gunshot to his right temple.

Thirty years later, August Busch, 68, shot himself once in the abdomen, just below his heart, with a pearl-handled .32-caliber revolver he kept by his bed at his Grant's Farm home

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