By Alexis Coe
In 1892, the USA used to be captivated with a teenage murderess, however it wasn't her crime that stunned the nation—it was once her motivation. Nineteen-year-old Alice Mitchell had deliberate to go as a guy with a purpose to marry her seventeen-year-old fiancée Freda Ward, but if their love letters have been chanced on, they have been forbidden from ever talking again.
Freda adjusted to this destiny with an ease that surprised a heartbroken Alice. Her desperation grew with every one unanswered letter—and her father's razor quickly went lacking. On January 25, Alice publicly slashed her ex-fiancée's throat. Her same-sex love used to be deemed insane via her father that very evening, and medical examiners agreed: This was once a perilous and incurable perversion. because the court docket used to be elevated to house nationwide curiosity, Alice spent months in jail—including the evening that 3 of her fellow prisoners have been lynched (an occasion which captured the eye of journalist and civil rights activist Ida...
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3 “I am going to see Fred once more,” she shouted over her shoulder, using her pet name for Freda. Lillie stayed behind. The horses needed looking after, and so did her nephew, but in truth, Alice had never invited her to come along. It was not going to be that kind of parting. Freda was not faring well on the slippery slope. She stopped often to regain her balance, while Alice moved toward her with determination. By the time they reached the north gate of the customhouse grounds, Alice was upon them.
She stopped often to regain her balance, while Alice moved toward her with determination. By the time they reached the north gate of the customhouse grounds, Alice was upon them. Alice reached into her dress pocket, her fingers sliding over Freda’s last letter, in search of her father’s razor. She had been carrying it around for months, waiting and plotting, but the grade leading down to the waterfront was not the destination she had imagined. Alice knew where people congregated, and where the crowd thinned.
He had come to arrest George Mitchell’s youngest daughter for the murder of Freda Ward. George had been expecting him. He readied himself and Alice for a trip to the jailhouse, just a few minute’s walk from the scene of the crime. He waited patiently as Davis booked his nineteen-year-old daughter on the charge of murder, amiably chatting with jailers, all sympathetic friends who promised to look after Alice while he sought legal representation. By eight o’clock that evening, George returned with two of the most prominent, expensive attorneys in Eastern Tennessee, if not the entire state.