The Enigma Woman

The Enigma Woman

The Death Sentence of Nellie May Madison

eBook - 2007
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"Crack shot." "Enigma woman." "Good with ponies and pistols." "A much-married woman." What if such an unconventional woman - and the press unanimously agreed that Nellie May Madison was indeed unconventional - were to get away with murder? Shortly after her husband's bullet-riddled body was found in the couple's Burbank apartment, police issued an all-points bulletin for the "beautiful, dark-haired widow." The ensuing drama unfolded with all the strange twists and turns of a noir crime novel. In this intriguing cultural history, Kathleen A. Cairns tells the true tale of the first woman sentenced to death in California, Nellie May Madison. Her story offers a glimpse into law and disorder in 1930s Los Angeles while bringing to life a remarkable character whose plight reflects on the status of woman, the workings of the media and the judiciary system, and the stratification of society in her time.; An intriguing cultural history, Cairns' re-creation of the case from murder to trial to aftermath casts an eye forward to our own love-hate affair with celebrity crimes and our abiding ambivalence about domestic violence abuse as a defense for murder.
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2007
ISBN: 9780803206922
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 295 pages, [16] pages of plates) : illustrations


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Jan 02, 2016

Investigation Discovery's "A Crime to Remember" episode about Nellie May Madison brought her to my attention. This book filled in the TV show's gaps.

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