Kate Poleen Rodd Slifer
Murder Scene and Date
December 19, 1903
By Nancy Bowers
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.”
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