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Friday, April 18, 2014


An excerpt from Bread & Butter the Murders of Polly Frisch. An 1850s true crime.
Polly was not your typical woman of the 1850s. The Progressive Batavian, the Republican Advocate, Genesee Democrat and the Genesee County Herald & Spirit of the Times, all Genesee County’s newspapers, had described Polly as “not living in a manner that becomes a woman. Her language was imprudent. She possessed an impassive countenance, and was a woman of great self-control and determination.” It was said that Polly was, “...youthful and unprepossessing in appearance. She was five foot tall, small and delicate in stature, with black eyes, a Jewish nose, and a thin and compressed lip.”

During her arraignment in November of 1857 the Genesee Democrat newspaper stated that, “She exhibited no anxiety, fear or terror, and was apparently as calm in her feelings as a summer morning. She does not appear to realize her awful position, and shows no symptoms of remorse or guilt; but seems to take the proceedings as a trifle matter, and only seemed a little annoyed at the gaze of the multitude.”

During Polly’s trials, “Her manner was composed and eminently well calculated to impress a casual observer favorably,” wrote the Genesee County Herald & Spirit of the Times. “She maintained a placidity of demeanor unusual to those on trial for murder, and her exhibition of nerve is almost unparalleled in criminal history,” cited the Genesee Democrat.

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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  1. This is very interesting. I love to read about women who live outside expectations.

  2. Makes me think of that old movie, Arsenic & Lace.

  3. Ooh sounds interesting. true life offers the equal it seems of any novel.


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