Most Unjust: The Crime of Catherine Coarum

April 9, 1901. Catherine Coarum had been drinking whiskey and beer with Charles Daniels at her home on Clay Street. They started to argue and she seized a gun and shot the victim three times, killing him. After she shot him, she dragged his body to the cellar. A short time later, her neighbors heard…

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Most Unjust: Catherine Coarum’s Trial (part 2 of 2)

This is the conclusion of Catherine’s story. Click here if you haven’t yet read Part 1. December 1901. Catherine’s trial began in early December, and the proceedings lasted four days. Her attorney, Robert Ash, had done his best to defend her, but he was not sanguine about the outcome. The story was salacious enough to attract attention,…

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A Cruel Murder, Part 2

Continued from Part I The next morning, Ruth managed to awaken her daughter, who had slept through everything and told her to go next door for help. When the police arrived, they quickly realized the scene was staged. First, they found some of Ruth’s “stolen” jewelry hidden under a mattress. Then, they interviewed little Lorraine,…

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