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Murderers Of The 1800s Essay

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Ever watch those gruesome TV shows dealing with solving murders, or about the murderers themselves? You know, the ones where right when it gets to a good part, it's a five minute commercial break. So then you're impatiently sitting at the edge of your seat only to find out the killer was the first person they questioned. Or how about the horror movies that come on, especially now in mid October? Friday the Thirteenth and A Nightmare on Elm Street are the ones that I absolutely cannot watch. Oh, and also Chucky from Child's Play. Goodness gracious, that doll gave me nightmares from second grade all the way to seventh. I guess the point I'm trying to make here is that murders and things of ...view middle of the document...

When arrested, the policemen found Lyman's gold pieces in his pockets (The Rochester Insomniac). To find out about the trial, click here.

Rochester in 1827, Showing First Court-House

Marie Delphine LaLaurie

Marie Delphine LaLaurie

Though she was seen as being "polite to black people" in public, according to Murderpedia, the New Orleans-born Marie Delphine LaLaurie tortured and maimed her own slaves, with killing at least two. One afternoon, a neighbor saw a black slave fall to her death from the roof of LaLaurie's house trying to run away from the woman carrying a whip (In Evil's Footsteps). The story behind the murder? While brushing LaLaurie's hair, twelve-year-old slave Lia hit a snag in her locks, causing the woman to grab a whip and chase her (Murderpedia). After the neighbor came forth to witnessing the death, the LaLaurie family was accused and found guilty of illegal cruelty and as a punishment had to give up nine slaves (Murderpedia).

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Because Madam LaLaurie chained her cook to the kitchen stove, the slave started a fire as a suicide attempt because she didn't want to be punished (Murderpedia). According to Murderpedia, the punishment would be "being taken to the uppermost room" with the cook saying "Anyone who had been taken there, never came back."

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Trying to ensure that everyone was okay from the fire, "bystanders" were refused keys to the slave quarters and were forced to push them down (Murderpedia). And what they found inside the rooms were horrid. They found "seven slaves, more or less horribly mutilated ... suspended by the neck, with their limbs apparently stretched and torn from one extremity to the other" (Murderpedia). The...

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