The Engaging Tale Of A Nineteenth Century Black WidowIntrigue, Deception, Bribery, Poison, Murder All Play A Central Role In The Story Of Minnie Walkup, A Young Woman From New Orleans Who Began Her Life Of Crime When She Was Only Sixteen Years Old.Born In 1869 To Elizabeth And James Wallace, Minnie Was A Natural Beauty And Attended Convent School Where She Learned Social Graces And How To Play The Piano After The Divorce Of Her Parents, She Was Raised In Multiple Boardinghouses Owned By Her Mother, And At One Of Them, Met Her First Husband, James Reeves Walkup At Sixteen, She Married Walkup, A Forty Nine Year Old Successful Businessman And Acting Mayor Of Emporia, Kansas One Month Later, Walkup Died From 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.The Adventuress Details Minnie Walkup S Remarkable Life And Criminal Activities Using Newspaper Articles, Census And Probate Records, And Descendants Reports, True Crime Writer Virginia A McConnell Depicts A Captivating Story That Is Full Of Scandal, Gossip, Theft, And Murder And That Includes Events Taking Place Across The South And Midwest McConnell Reveals A Fascinating Cast Of Characters Revolving Around Minnie Walkup, Including A Former Louisiana Governor And Senator, A Prominent Ohio Banking Family, The Partner Of A Famous Railway Tycoon, And A Sleazy District Court Judge From New Orleans The Adventuress Offers A Gilded Age Soap Opera That Seems Too Far Fetched To Be What It Is True.A Substantial Contribution To Crime History, The Adventuress Is A Welcome Addition To Any True Crime Reader S Collection. As others have mentioned, the book starts strong, but rapidly goes downhill McConnell begins with Our Heroine s background and marriage, proceeds to the crime, and then gets bogged down in the minutia of the trial It rapidly became apparent that McConnell was working almost entirely from newspaper reports and census records she goes off on tangents, talks far too much about the reporters themselves, and worst yet seems to take every single newspaper article at face value, which given the morals of the Victorian era press is than slightly ridiculous Falsifying interviews, making up names, or playing a game of telephone with someone else s reportage were all possibilities but McConnell assumes that each and every news report is accurate, that each and every interview happened, and that just gets irksome She also has decided, beyond all doubt, that Minnie was guilty, and as the book progresses to Minnie s subsequent life, that gets than a little ridiculous Minnie s second husband, an extremely ill alcoholic,
I really enjoyed this book Reading about crime in the 1800 s is fascinating I would recommend this book to everyone who likes true crime. Started out interesting, but flattened out badly as I went along The story bogged down in legal details and unending cross examination.
- 243 pages
- The Adventuress
- Virginia A. McConnell
- 02 January 2018 Virginia A. McConnell