By Patricia L. Bryan
In 1900, Margaret Hossack, the spouse of a in demand Iowa farmer, was once arrested for bludgeoning her husband to demise with an ax whereas their kids slept upstairs. The group was once outraged: How might a lady devote such an act of violence? Firsthand bills describe the sufferer, John Hossack, as a merciless and risky guy. might be Margaret Hossack was once appearing out of worry. or even the tale she advised used to be true—that an interloper broke into the home, killed her husband whereas she slept soundly beside him, and used to be nonetheless at the unfastened. Newspapers around the nation carried the tale, and group sentiment used to be divided over her guilt. At trial, Margaret was once convicted of homicide, yet later was once published on charm. finally, neither her innocence nor her guilt was once ever proved.
Patricia Bryan and Thomas Wolf study the cruel realities of farm existence on the flip of the century and think about the plight of women—legally, socially, and politically—during that interval. What also...
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McIntosh quickly told him the news. Johnnie seemed shocked and surprised. He asked how his father had been attacked—what weapon had been used—but McIntosh told him he didn’t know anything more. Johnnie asked him to wait, saying he would ride back with him. He told McIntosh that he couldn’t believe that such a thing had happened. Like many of the neighbors, McIntosh knew that Johnnie Hossack had frequently quarreled with his father and had moved off the family farm less than a year earlier. So, when the two men hurried to the barn to saddle a horse, McIntosh noted that Johnnie’s horse, a light bay, was cool to the touch.
She had been awakened by a sound, not a touch. At the end of the interview, he asked about her clothes: What had she worn to bed that night? She had slept in a chemise and drawers, she told him, the same ones she was wearing now, beneath her dress. Then Clammer made a bold request: Could she remove her dress? At that point, according to Sue Himstreet, Margaret Hossack hesitated for the first time. Clammer repeated that he wanted her to take off her dress so that the three men could examine the clothes underneath for blood spots.
Will Haines walked down from his house to join the other men outside. Soon Louie, the fourth Hossack daughter, arrived with her husband, Joe Kemp. While Louie spoke quietly to her sisters, Joe entered the bedroom where John Hossack lay. Margaret once again broke into tears as she described to her son-in-law her first sight of her husband in bed, so badly hurt. Hossack, now with a bloody froth around his mouth, was close to death. He was making low choking noises in his throat, and Joe heard him call for “Ma” and ask for water.