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American Detective Fiction    April 1841-July 1891

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  Published in
The Rural Repository
, Februrary 2, 1850

Janesville [WI] Gazette, August 29, 1850
Wisconsin Democrat, October 12, 1850
The [WI] Sheboygan Mercury, August 17, 1850
Wisconsin Statesman, August 15, 1850
The Elyria [OH] Courier, September 10, 1850

A slightly altered version of this story was published in
Prairie du Chien [WI] Patriot, August 14, 1850

(See the note following the text for an explanation of the revision.)


 

 

 

 

“The Female Assassin,” continued from p. 4

blameable. An effort was made to screen the wretched victim from the punishment of the law. When asked why she committed robbery as well as murder, her defenders could give no satisfactory reply

The criminal, howevr, underwent the penalty of the law; and certainly, society has reason to rejoice that the punishment of death has not been abolished.

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N.B. The above version was published in the Rural Repository on February 2, 1850. Subsequently, this story was published in Prairie du Chien [WI] Patriot on August 14, 1850, but the two concluding paragraphs above were replaced with the following paragraph:

An effort was made to screen the wretched victim from the punishment of the law. But when asked why she committed robbery as well as murder, she could give no satisfactory reply. A pardon was therefore refused. This is certainly one of the strangest cases on record.

   

 

   
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