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By Virginia A. McConnell

This ebook tells the enticing story of a nineteenth-century black widow. Intrigue, deception, bribery, poison, homicide - all play a primary position within the tale of Minnie Walkup, a tender girl from New Orleans who all started her lifetime of crime while she used to be basically 16 years previous. Born in 1869 to Elizabeth and James Wallace, Minnie was once a typical good looks and attended convent institution the place she realized social graces and the way to play the piano. After the divorce of her mom and dad, she was once raised in a number of boardinghouses owned via her mom, and at certainly one of them, met her first husband, James Reeves Walkup. At 16, she married Walkup, a forty-nine-year-old winning businessman and performing mayor of Emporia, Kansas. One month later, Walkup died from arsenic poisoning and his younger spouse used to be accused of murdering him. Her trial grew to become probably the most sensational circumstances in Kansas heritage and was once lined through journalists around the country. "The Adventuress" information Minnie Walkup's impressive lifestyles and felony actions. utilizing newspaper articles, census and probate files, and descendants' reviews, real crime author Virginia A. McConnell depicts an enthralling tale that's packed with scandal, gossip, robbery, and homicide and that incorporates occasions happening around the South and Midwest. McConnell unearths a desirable solid of characters revolving round Minnie Walkup, together with a former Louisiana governor and senator, a in demand Ohio banking relatives, the associate of a well-known railway wealthy person, and a sleazy district court docket pass judgement on from New Orleans. "The Adventuress" deals a Gilded Age cleaning soap opera that turns out too far-fetched to be what it really is - actual. a considerable contribution to crime historical past, "The Adventuress" is a welcome boost to any precise crime reader's assortment.

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