The Burdick Scandal – Part XIII

The spectators were still abuzz with Alice Burdick’s testimony when her mother entered the courtroom the following day, leaning on the arm of her attorney. Maria Hull wore a heavy mourning veil. Coatsworth led her through an introduction: she was the widow of James Hull, and Alice’s mother. She had lived with the Burdicks about seven years.

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The Burdick Scandal – Part X

When Mrs. Burdick returned to the stand, DA Coatsworth pounced: “There was an occasion about two years ago when you and Mr. Burdick had quite an altercation at your house. Wasn’t there?” The witness assented. “And after that it was necessary for him to wear a piece of court-plaster on his head, wasn’t it?” “No, sir.” “Did…

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The Burdick Scandal – Part IV

It was no surprise to anyone who knew the Burdicks when their marriage collapsed. Edwin allowed Alice to return to the home they shared in Buffalo in the summer of 1901 and quickly saw she had no intention of avoiding her paramour. And by the end of November, a private detective hired by Edwin reported that he…

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