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Author Ammeson, Jane, author

Title Murders that made headlines : crimes of Indiana / Jane Simon Ammeson
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2017]
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Contents Introduction -- Catharine Schumaker : an Indiana Lucretia Borgia -- An unfortunate Indiana family : Minnie May and Luella Mabbitt -- Jane Dorsey and the poison powders -- The death of Susan Beaver -- Miss Bryan's last cry -- Rough on rats : how not to win your man -- The disappearance of Carrie Selvage -- No way to leave your lovers -- Bootlegging, missing wills, disappearing jewels, deadly encounters : the story of Nettie and Harry Diamond -- The lady and the dragon : how Madge Oberholtzer brought down the KKK -- Double indemnity -- Selected bibliography
Summary This fascinating chronicle of murder in the Hoosier State paints a chilling portrait of the American Midwest from mid-19th century to the Jazz Age. In Murders that Made Headlines, Jane Simon Ammeson uncovers a grizzly history of crime in Indiana, offering a stark contrast to the nostalgic image of a simpler time in America's heartland. While the Midwest saw many changes between the 1850s and the 1930s-from horses and buggies to Hudson sedans; ladies in long dresses to flappers in short skirts-the passions that led to murder remained the same. In this compendium of sensational and scandalous crimes, you will find tales of romantic jealousy, manic greed, racism, and family dysfunction-themes that remain all too familiar today. Ammeson recounts the astonishing and sometimes bizarre stories of arsenic murders, Ponzi schemes, prison escapes, perjury, and other shocking crimes that took place in the Hoosier state. These extraordinary true events once captured the public's attention, only to be forgotten by time. But through extensive research into public records, genealogies, and even exhumed graves, Ammeson reveals the notorious true crimes lurking in our history
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Murder -- Indiana -- Case studies.
Murder -- Indiana -- History.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0253031265 (electronic bk.)
0253031273 (electronic bk.)
9780253031266 (electronic bk.)
9780253031273 (electronic bk.)
(pr ; alk. paper)