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Victorian Killer Girls

"The most sensational tragedy which has occurred in Memphis for years was committed this afternoon. The victim was Miss Freda Ward, and the slayer was Miss Alice Mitchell. Both were familiar figures in society, and the awful affair is to-night the talk of the town.

Miss Mitchell is nineteen years of age, daughter of George Mitchell, a retired furniture dealer, and she and Miss Johnston, in the latter's stylish "turnout," were a familiar sight on the different drives about the city. Miss Ward is the daughter of John Ward, a planter and wealthy
merchant of Gold Dust, Ark.

At the inquest this evening the jury rendered a verdict charging Miss Mitchell with the killing, and that it was premeditated.

It is alleged by several persons that Miss Ward has made remarks of a decidedly uncomplimentary nature regarding Miss Mitchell, and this is supposed to have been the cause of the tragedy."

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  • 15
  • 19th Century
  • Jun 3, 2004
  • English

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