The Mystery of Nell Cropsey, Part I

Ella Maud Cropsey, known to her friends and family as Nell, was born in July 1882 in Brooklyn, New York to William and Mary Louise Cropsey. Nell was the second of nine children, and she was especially close to her older sister Olive, who was nicknamed Ollie. In 1898, the family moved from New York…

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The Burdick Scandal – Part IX

Only a handful of witnesses remained: Alice Burdick, Mrs. Hull, and the Burdick servants. Alice Burdick was to be questioned first, and her testimony is so remarkable that I’m including much of it verbatim. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Had his life not been cut short so violently, Alice would have ceased to be Edwin Burdick’s wife two weeks earlier. Instead,…

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The Burdick Scandal – Part I

The sordid, true tale of Edwin and Alice Burdick Edwin and Alicia (Alice) Burdick lived in a beautiful home at 101 Ashland Avenue in Buffalo, New York, with their three daughters and Alice’s mother, Maria Hull. The Burdicks presented a polished image to the world. Outsiders had long looked at their lovely home, glamorous friends, and fashionable…

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