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Wicked Conduct: The Minister, the Mill Girl and the Murder That Captivated Old Rhode Island

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This scribbled note belonged to Sarah M. Cornell, written the day her body was found hanged in a rural pasture in Tiverton, Rhode Island. An unmarried young woman of limited means, Sarah was four months pregnant, and a married Methodist minister stood accused as the father. Local authorities grew skeptical of Sarah's apparent suicide as Reverend Avery's conduct appeared increasingly suspect, and eventually the extensive evidence of their tortured relationship set off a groundswell of public interest and media ...

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Wicked Conduct: The Minister, the Mill Girl and the Murder that Captivated Old Rhode Island

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Overview

This scribbled note belonged to Sarah M. Cornell, written the day her body was found hanged in a rural pasture in Tiverton, Rhode Island. An unmarried young woman of limited means, Sarah was four months pregnant, and a married Methodist minister stood accused as the father. Local authorities grew skeptical of Sarah's apparent suicide as Reverend Avery's conduct appeared increasingly suspect, and eventually the extensive evidence of their tortured relationship set off a groundswell of public interest and media attention never before seen in 1830s New England. This tragic crime left the nation clamoring for justice and became one of early America's most sensational murder trials.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596298026
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/20/2009
  • Series: True Crime Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,421,499
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Chapter 1 "I Discovered Her to Be Dead" 11

Chapter 2 "The Narrative of This Unfortunate Female" 23

Chapter 3 "Such a Perfect Consciousness of Innocency" 29

Chapter 4 "From Strong Circumstantial Evidence" 34

Chapter 5 "Don't Ruin Me Here" 40

Chapter 6 "Attended by the Most Aggravated Circumstances" 45

Chapter 7 "Such a Distinct and Perfect Chain of Testimony" 49

Chapter 8 "Absconded from Bristol" 66

Chapter 9 "Say Nothing to No One" 70

Chapter 10 "God Send You a Good Deliverance" 78

Chapter 11 "All This Looks Like Design-Like Conspiracy" 89

Chapter 12 "Beyond All Reasonable Doubt" 93

Chapter 13 "What Say You, Mr. Foreman?" 105

Chapter 14 "What's to Be Done with Public Opinion?" 109

Chapter 15 "Remember the Stack-Yard!" 117

Closing Arguments 121

Bibliography 125

About the Author 127

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