David Richard Kasserman's Fall River Outrage: Life, Murder, and Justice in Early PDF

By David Richard Kasserman

ISBN-10: 0812280024

ISBN-13: 9780812280029

Fall River Outrage recounts some of the most sensational and broadly suggested homicide circumstances in early nineteenth-century the United States. whilst, in 1832, a pregnant mill employee was once discovered hanged, the research implicated a favorite Methodist minister. Fearing opposed exposure, either the industrialists of Fall River and the hot England convention of the Methodist Episcopal Church engaged in lively campaigns to procure a good verdict. It was once additionally one of many earliest makes an attempt by means of American attorneys to end up their customer blameless through assassinating the ethical personality of the feminine sufferer. Fall River Outrage offers perception in American social, felony, and hard work historical past in addition to women's studies.

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It. was not until January 1823 that the purchase on credit became a theft; in that month Hodges or his em- 34 ' Fall River Outrage ployer discovered that Sarah had left town without settling her bill. Traveling to Pawtucket after her, they demanded payment or the return of their unused goods. Samuel Richmond, another Providence merchant, apparently had the same experience when he trusted her for a bonnet and a shawl (Hallett 18333, 129). Obviously, Sarah felt she needed a complete new outfit that winter, but for what?

The foppish Maffitt and the earthy Taylor might be worlds 3 8 • Fall River Outrage apart in personality, but they presented Sarah with a consistent and enticing picture. Methodist meetings obviously provided an entertaining spectacle not to be found in more staid congregations. Whether in the form of the hulking Taylor or the dandy Maffitt, the preacher, elevated only slightly above the common stock from which both he and his flock came, was tangibly human and made church attendance physically as well as spiritually gratifying.

Statements that "the Courthouse should not hold him and the town should not hold him" (Hallett 1833^ 25) were inevitably taken by the worried Deputy Paul as threats of vigilante action, and accordingly he sent William Diman, who lived in another section of the house, for aid. Diman rushed directly to the office of Nathaniel Bullock, where he burst in, drenched in the perspiration of exertion and excitement, shouting that the Fall River people were in town (Hallett 18333, 161). It was probably in the company of Harvey Harnden, who had not yet left his office, that Bullock made his way back toward Avery's besieged home.

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