|Tombstone of Henry Hoag(e) - Alabama Center Cemetery, Alabama, NY|
AND NOW THE SNIPPET:
In a conversation she had with Mrs. Barber, Polly reflected back on one of their earlier talks concerning the fortune tellers prophesy of the deaths in her family.
Mrs. Barber stated, “Polly asked me, ‘What did I tell you! There has been one.’ The child [Frances] was then sick.”
Mrs. Barber was referring to the month of August after Henry’s death. Polly’s comment to Mrs. Barber, “There has been one,” foretells that according to the fortuneteller, there was still another death to happen. Thus, the fate of one of her children is subtlety revealed.
We can even assume, since Frances was recently sick after the death of her father as Mrs. Barber states, she would be the first to suffer the same fate as Henry thereby fulfilling the fortuneteller’s prophesy. The fortune given by Miss Orton that day in November would prove to be Polly’s stroke of luck and the catalyst for her plans.
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.
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****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 re-released it into the modern world of POD in both soft and hard covers, and soon for Nook, Kindle, etc. with a new cover, fresh edits and new info. It should go live on Kindle some time this afternoon.