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 the Murders of Polly Frisch, written by Cindy Amrhein and Ellen Lea Bachorski, is the true story of Polly Frisch who poisoned her family with arsenic and the five trials it took to convict her. Here is an excerpt:
In an article printed by the Republican Advocate, November 17, 1857, Polly claimed—that “she was innocent of this [meaning her family’s deaths] or any like offense, and attributed the prosecution to local excitement and prejudice.” From this statement it seems obvious she knew that the residents of Alabama didn’t like her or her unbecoming behavior. Maybe Polly’s calm exterior during the trials was because she knew she was innocent and thought justice would prevail. Did she do it or was the community trying to railroad her out of town? It wasn’t until we came across a certain newspaper article and scrutinized court documents that we felt Polly was guilty in some form.
Our hardcovers released yesterday. Hopefully the softcovers today, and Kindle and Nook editions this week.
Stay tuned as I blog about other 19th century true crimes during the whole month of April!
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And I almost forgot it's the first Wednesday! My first post for IWSG and I almost missed it! I guess my stickler for me these past few months was getting ready to publish. My list would be very long on all the things that went wrong trying to learn the new world of self-publishing. POD is different than offset, and ebooks? Wow. Learning curve there. But I get by with a little support from my writer friends! I look forward to meeting the folks over at ISWG and checking out their blogs and thoughts on writing.