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Crime Continued from page 10 spect the house and grounds when building the miniature, and while the real home has undergone sev- eral remodelings and ownerships since the murder occurred, those familiar with the neighborhood who view the replica should have no problem figuring out exactly which house it is. The crime scene was used by the Delaware State Police Acade- my until about 1980, with instruc- tors varying the scenario, motives and statements of detail of the murder slightly to allow the cadets to hone their investigative skills. As in the actual murder, a male doll lies on the floor between the dining room and living room, where police found Worthington, the furniture in disarray to give the appearance a scuffle had oc- curred and blood stains grace the wall behind his head. There are even rolled up newspapers on the nearby table sporting headlines of the day. All of these details have been painstakingly restored over the past year by Beatrice Simonds' nephew William Lytle and his friend, Robert Long, both of Re- hoboth Beach. What they couldn't restore, they reconstructed - down to the flow- ers climbing the outside arbor - using color and black-and-white photographs Simonds had in her possession, which were taken back in the 1950s. These, too, are now on display at the museum. Both Long and Lytle said they enjoyed the challenge of bringing the crime scene back to life and became fascinated with the court and newspaper records of the murder itself in the process. They visited the offices of newspapers that published in the 1940s, such as the Sussex Count- ian in Georgetown, transcribing the accounts of the murder inves- tigation and trial, so that they could be placed in display next to the replica. Some people believe it was ac- tually the beautiful young wife, Visitors will be fascinated by the details of the replica. Elaine Worthington, who was re- sponsible for her husband's being found dead with a bullet in the back of his head. According to a "Wilmington Morning News" ar- ticle dated Dec. 3, 1943, Mrs. Worthington refused to swear on the Bible when it was time for her to take the stand because she told Chief Judge Danile Layton and judges Charles Terry and Charles Richards she didn't believe in God. She was sworn in with an oath "binding upon my con- science." While she testified she only par- tially saw a scuffle between the two men, which ended in the ] death of her husband, Mouline steadfastly maintained he acciden- tally shot Worthington. He also denied the wife's testimony that he had professed love for her. Beatrice Simonds has donated the crime scene to the museum in memory of her late husband, who was third in command of the Delaware State Police when he re- tired from the force. Anyone wishing to learn about some of the more lurid details of the trial and the purported "love triangle" between the Worthing- tons and "Frenchy," as well as see an accurate recreation of the crime scene should visit the museum. Furniture Restorers, Inc. FURNITURE REPAIRED, REFINISHED & RESTORED LARGE SUITES WELCOME Open Daily (Exc. Sun/Mon) 110 New Road, Lewes 302/645-9097 Member, Lewes Chamber of Commerce CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 1 - May 7, 1998 - 15 COUNTRY LIFE has new homes, already built in the best neighborhoods. Open designs with plenty of room. Ones you can move into now! Planning a new home for spring? Call COUNTRY LIFE HOMES, Delaware's only Diamond Award Builder, for quality and customer satisfaction. Convenient, guaranteed move-in dates avail- able. Also, construction financing. Prices begin in the mid-$140s. Call or come in today. Tour our models. You'll be pleasantly surprised at the quality and value. : :i:i:i:i:i:i:i:i:i: i:i:i:i:i:i:i:i: i:i:i:i:i:i:i:i: i:i:i:i:i: i:i:i:i:i:i :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: i:i: i:i:i:i:i:i::::::...'::::-:  ,--.-.::::: ======================== Open concept with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. ] Beautiful, exclusive area, a guarded cora- l munity close to shopping and beaches. I Roomy, comfortable one- level living featuring 3 bed- rooms and 2 baths. Unique one-level concept with private master and 2 guest bedrooms, 2 baths. I Spacious, bright: 3 bed- I rooms, 3 baths in excellent community with amenities. Popular, custom one-floor living with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, great neighborhood. COUNTRY LIFE HOMES,, B U I L T F O R L I F E 1539 Highway One, Lewes DE 19958 302.644.3000 Weekdays 9-5, weekends 9:30-5 Also, Route 26, Ocean View, DE 19970 302.537.3200, By Appointment Only Designs ma/va'iT frol hbmtrs sfioWh'in photos. ,,,,