(Revamping the blog. Please excuse the odd headings. Working on it!)

Writing History & Mysteries

When I'm not delving into historical research, I'm planning a character's demise.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Bread and Butter Murders 09

Tombstone of Henry Hoag(e) - Alabama Center Cemetery, Alabama, NY
SETUP: We left off last time with Polly preparing the final doses of arsenic laced brandy to do away with her husband Henry. Polly sent George Lester to get the doctor.  Henry was at death’s door when George got back. By the time Dr. Townsend got there it was too late—Henry was already dead.

***

 AND NOW THE SNIPPET:


 James Espy aided in laying out Henry’s body for viewing. Upon hearing the news of Henry’s death, friends and neighbors came over to the Hoag’s to pay their respects.

Reuben testified that Polly told him, “She was anxious to see Matthew Bardwell and wanted him to carry on [the shoe shop]. She said she was sorry that Matthew did not come to see Henry before his death. Said Henry told her Bardwell should work up the leather.”

Within only four hours after her husband’s death, Polly’s only thoughts were of Matthew. After catching his wife in bed twice with this man, it is doubtful Henry would have desired to see Matthew while drawing his last breaths of life; it would be equally hard to believe that Matthew would want to speak to the dying husband of his former mistress.

No one in town knew, however, that Henry had caught Polly and Matthew in bed together.


***
 
In 1856, in the rural town of Alabama, NY one woman's family suffered from multiple unexplained deaths. The town folk grew suspicious of the now remarried Polly Frisch. An investigation commenced, bodies were exhumed, an affair—exposed. Polly would be arrested for the murders of her first husband and daughters. Her fourteen-year-old son would testify against her. If found guilty, the punishment for such a crime was the gallows. Bread & Butter is the true story of Polly Frisch who poisoned her family with arsenic and the five trials it took to convict her.

The link to the other Weekend Writing Warriors is here. You're bound to find something to pique your interest.

The Sunday Snippet writer's on Facebook are here. Between the two there is something for everyone. Thank you for any comments you leave me. Much appreciated!

**** 
The above excerpt is from Bread & Butter: The Murders of Polly Frisch, an 1850s true crime co-authored with my friend, Ellen Bachorski in 2000. We are re-releasing it into the modern world of POD in both soft and hard covers, as well as Nook, Kindle, etc. with a new cover, fresh edits and new info. 

April 1st release is only a few days away! I'll be making announcements on my Facebook page. To celebrate during the month of April and as part of the Blogging From A-Z Challenge I'll be posting tidbits about the book and other 19th century crimes every day of the month.  
Did I mention there will be a scattering of prizes?



Share:

25 comments:

  1. Just how "former" of a mistress is she? Great snippet!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Her motives seem clearer now.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Ugh, what a horrible woman. Fascinating to read about, though. :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. How different some things are. Nowadays, the whole town would probably know about Polly and Matthew in minutes! Such a gripping story.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Such an interesting story. I wonder how the town would react if they knew the truth?

    ReplyDelete
  6. The twists and turns of this case are truly amazing. Should be a movie! Great 8!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hmmm, and I'm starting to wonder if Matthew was complicit in the murders? What an evil woman! You've done a great job of writing this, Cindy. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Wow, my comment. Oy, Could be read to look like I think you're evil, Cindy. lol. When will I learn to reread before I click "publish"??? :-)

    ReplyDelete
  9. yay for the release day! can't wait!

    ReplyDelete
  10. This woman gets colder with each snippet I read. Just bumped off her husband in a pretty gruesome and drawn-out way, and all she can think about is her lover? Ugh!

    ReplyDelete
  11. That's funny Teresa. :)
    Veronica, funny you should mention movie. I had a photography producer for a production company, whose TV shows & movies you would recognize buy a copy of the 1st edition off Amazon last fall. I imagine they do that kind of stuff all the time, but it still was a packing slip worth saving. :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. This is fascinating! She's so...detached. It's riveting.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Sounds like she was pretty sure nobody else knew of the affair.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Another picture well told of the secret times. Does anyone recall the roaring 20's where women murderers abounded in Chicago-my hometown?.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Oh, that final line says it all. Another fantastic snippet!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Oh my, there is a lot going on here. Great snippet!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Dirty laundry stayed in the hamper, back in the day...I'm sure it wasn't something he wanted anyone to know about. Boy, pretty heartless lady.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Cool as a cucumber, isn't she?

    ReplyDelete
  19. I'm fascinated by this story. The characters are so interesting.

    ReplyDelete
  20. This is crazy! What could possibly be her motivation? Was it munchausen (sp?) by proxy? It couldn't just be the lover angle/hates her hubby because she killed her kids, too...

    ReplyDelete
  21. She thinks she's so clever... I find myself quite annoyed with Polly because she was mostly right--she was pretty smart.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Ah--another piece of the puzzle revealed...great snippet!
    Nancy

    ReplyDelete
  23. Oh whoa! That woman is evil, isn't she? Great snippet :)

    ReplyDelete
  24. This snippet sent chills down my spine.

    ReplyDelete
  25. An intriguing twist there.

    ReplyDelete

Anyone can comment. You don't need to jump through hoops or be a member of anything. Nice huh?

Available in paperback and eBook formats

Available in paperback and eBook formats

Now Available At:

Barnes & Noble
Amazon
The History Press
Walmart

Carried by over 20 college/university libraries across the county, according to daily updates by worldcat.org, including Columbia University, Oklahoma State, Texas A & M, and Yale University Law Library.

BOOK SIGNING DATES:

APRIL 2nd,11-1 PM
The Book Shoppe - Medina, NY

APRIL 16th, 2 PM
Barnes & Noble - Pittsfield, MA

APRIL 19th, 7 PM
Tonawanda Indian Reservation Historical Society,
Tonawanda Indian Community Center- Akron, NY

MAY 14th, 1 PM
Seneca Iroquois National Museum - Salamanca, NY

May 17th, 6 PM Warsaw Public Library - Warsaw, NY

AUG 9TH, 7 pm Hoss's Country Corner -2016 Author's Night- Long Lake, NY

AUG 25TH 6 PM Akwesasne Cultural Center - Hogansburg, NY

More to announce as they are confirmed.

Book Trailer

Weekend Writing Warriors

Weekend Writing Warriors
WeWriWa

Follow my RSS Feed by Email

Bread & Butter the Murders of Polly Frisch

Bread & Butter the Murders of Polly Frisch
Available on Amazon

Other Great Reads

Followers

Recent Posts

A to Z - 2015

A to Z - 2014

A to Z - 2014

A to Z - 2013

A to Z - 2013

Goodreads

Cindy's bookshelf: read

Waiting for Harvey
4 of 5 stars
Alone, in a cabin in the woods, with a ghost. Who could ask for more in a ghost story? Harvey starts right out with a hint of foreboding in a conversation between brothers John and Erik. Already my curiosity is roused as to what happened...
tagged: books-i-read-to-me
James Potter and the Curse of the Gate Keeper
3 of 5 stars
I randomly downloaded this on my iPad when I hit the wrong button being a bumble fingers, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I've never read fanfic before. It was pretty good. But like many other people, it still can't compare to J. K. Row...
CHIMERAS
5 of 5 stars
I beta read a few chapters of a different book by this author (one that isn't out yet) so when this one was out I had to read it as it was the same character in the one a betaed a bit of--the character of Track. I have a fondness for thi...
tagged: books-i-read-to-me

goodreads.com