The Enigma Woman The Death Sentence of Nellie May Madison The Enigma Woman The Death Sentence by ProQuest


Cairns, a lecturer in history at California Polytechnic State University, draws on a range of sources, including court records and Los Angeles newspapers, to reconstruct the trial, Nellie's imprisonment, and her desperate attempts to avoid the hangman's noose. Coverage of a 1926 trial in which a woman and her brothers stood accused of killing her clergyman husband and his lover attracted an unprecedented degree of media attention, and led one magazine to sneer that its competition-"reporters and heartthrob specialists"-were covering the trial "as spaciously as if it were a polar exploration."

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