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

Monday, April 07, 2014

F is for FRISCH, Polly that is

How could I not do Polly Frisch for the letter F?

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.

Here is an excerpt of the book Bread & Butter the Murders of Polly Frisch. This portion is on the death of Polly's 5-year-old daughter Frances. Albert is Polly's 9-year-old son.:

Albert did not recollect whether anyone was there when Frances died; that he was there, and did not go for the doctor.

No matter who went for the doctor or who told him to come, the important point here is that Polly waited for this sickly child to breathe her last choking breath. She let her daughter suffer for hours on end before finally sending someone to Alabama Center to request medical help. The only quench for the girl’s thirst was tea laced with arsenic and salt water. 

What a sad death for a young child. Imagine this poor little girl looking up at Polly, her mouth parched, throat swollen, unable to speak; her eyes pleading for her mother’s love and caring hand. Mommies were supposed to make it “all better.” Frances gave her love to her mother, expecting the same, only to encounter a cold heart and the angel of death in return. 

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  1. OMG! That is so poignant! How could she have done the deed so coldly? I have to get book now that you have me hooked!

  2. That's scary. Human's are capable of so much torture.

    Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2014, My Latest post

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  3. bread and butter sounds like an intriguing read. I find those old true crime stories very interesting. Thanks for sharing


  4. Mothers cold-bloodedly hurting or killing their children are the stuff of nightmares. *shudders*

  5. Absolutely. We'd have called you on it if you hadn't done Polly for the A to Z. Such a bizarre tale, ripped from history! She burns...she burns for what she did. ;-)

  6. Visiting from A to Z! Congratulations on your book!

  7. This almost makes me wish I were a demon...so I could be in hell turning up the heat on her...and poking her over and over with a pitchfork.


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