An autopsy proved there was arsenic in the bodies of her dead family members, but arsenic was commonly used for medicinal purposes during the 1800s. Could Polly or the doctors have done it accidentally with one of the medications prescribed? Or, if the Hoag’s were intentionally poisoned, could someone other than Polly be responsible?
With the death of her husband and two of her children the town became suspicious that something odd was going on in the Hoag household. After four months of investigation, Polly would be indicted on three counts of murder in the first degree. What would come to light over the next two years would shock and horrify this small knit community to such an extreme that it would haunt them for decades to come.
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