United Press – December 23, 1936
SALEM, Ore. – Condition of Robin Reed, 38, prominent wrestler who police said tried to commit suicide Tuesday, was better early today, although still grave, an attending physician said.
The doctor gave the former world’s champion wrestler, who won an Olympic title and also a professional crown, a good chance to recover from a bullet wound a half-inch from his heart, barring complications.
“Unless he suffers another hemorrhage or contracts pneumonia he has a good chance to live,” the physician said. “He rested comfortably during the night.” An operation was decided against because it was too dangerous now.
Reed was found in the basement of his home, with a bullet wound in his chest and a rope attached to a beam and his neck, by his housekeeper Tuesday morning, she told authorities.