Note in the Stocking: Murder of Kate Slifer 1903

Murder Victim

Kate Poleen Rodd Slifer
1882-1903

Murder Scene and Date

Montrose Township
Whitten, Iowa
Hardin County
December 19, 1903

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By Nancy Bowers
July 2012

Kate Slifer

The story had all the ingredients of a Gothic novel.

A beautiful young bride discovered dead in bed, her husband “raising the alarm” throughout the house.

Directions allegedly found in the toe of the dead woman’s stocking that led to a purported suicide note hidden in an obscure place.

Chloroform. An exhumation. A “disfiguring” disease believed to indicate insanity.

A sensational trial of a husband who collapsed when arrested.

Even an early form of “photoshopping.”

All the sensation details of the murder of 23-year-old Kate Slifer are coming soon. Check back in the next few days.

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