Saturday, July 28, 2012
The morning of June 9, 1874 a two-story house burned to the ground in a section of Rutland, Vermont known as the “swamp.” Amid the rubble was the badly burned but recognizable corpse of Mrs. Ann E. Freese; she had been stabbed in the throat before the fire started. Finding her killer seemed daunting since Mrs. Freese’s house was a well-known brothel with men coming and going at all hours. But circumstances quickly pointed to John Phair, a local ne’er-do-well whose relationship with Mrs. Freese was closer than that of a paying customer and who had conveniently left town the morning of the fire.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
Three Wounds” for two more days. It turns out the Willard Nesbit was, in fact, the missing Dedham bridegroom, and on August 13, 1892, the Globe printed a picture of Nesbit’s disappointed bride-to-be, Miss Bridget Hanlon. Nesbit did recover from his wounds, but it was not a case of assault or attempted murder; for whatever reason, Nesbit’s wounds were self-inflicted.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
(Two possibly related stories from The Boston Daily Globe, Boston, Massachusetts, August 12, 1892.)
Willard Nesbitt Was Cut in the Breast.
He Was Found in Medford in an Unconscious State.
He Remembers Nothing of the Occurrence.
Doctors Fear that he Will Not Recover.
Is He the Man Who Disappeared from Dedham?
The manner in which he received his wounds is a profound mystery, as the man himself either cannot or will not account for them.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
|Fanny Windley Hyde|
Fanny Windley began working in the factories of Brooklyn at age ten. When she was fifteen, Fanny was “seduced” by her forty-five-year-old employer, George W. Watson. Watson’s unwanted attention continued for the next two years, even after Fanny's marriage. Then one day, on the stairway of the factory, she countered Watson’s lewd advances with a gunshot to the head. There was no question that Fanny Windley Hyde killed George W. Watson; it would be up to the jury to decide whether this act was first degree murder, or if Fanny was “under a weight of grief that could not be resisted.”