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The Adventuress: Murder, Blackmail, and Confidence Games in the Gilded Age
 
 
Author
Virginia A. McConnell.
Publisher Kent State  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9781606350348
Pages/Publication Date 243/2010
Daedalus Item Code 42658
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A young woman from New Orleans who began her life of crime when she was only 16 years old, Minnie Walkup was raised in multiple boardinghouses owned by her mother, and at one of them, met her first husband, James Reeves Walkup, a 49-year-old businessman and the acting mayor of Emporia, Kansas. Within a month of their marriage, Walkup died of arsenic poisoning and his young wife was accused of murdering him. Her trial became one of the most sensational cases in Kansas history and was covered by reporters across the nation. True crime writer Virginia McConnell—also the author of Arsenic Under the Elms: Murder in Victorian New Haven and Sympathy for the Devil: The Emmanuel Baptist Murders of Old San Francisco—gives us an account full of scandal, gossip, theft, and murder.
 
 
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