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How to murder your wealthy lovers and get away with it : money & mayhem in The Gilded Age
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9781684350247
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Publication Information:
Bloomington, Indiana : Red Lightning Books, [2018].

©2018
Physical Description:
166 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents:
True love never runs smooth: the death of a new groom -- There is a house in New Orleans -- Don't cry for me, Emporia: great balls of fire! -- Pardon my dust: nonstop to nowhere -- Blood money squandered: the necessity of catching Mr. Ketcham -- The importance of keeping Mr. Ketcham-- and his money -- The company she keeps -- Moving on up: in which Josephine captures and loses a Prince -- Of plum jam, champagne, wills, unpaid bills, and the final death that we know of.
Summary:
Ammeson shares the extraordinary and off-the-wall true story of Minnie Wallace Walkup Ketcham, who left a trail of broken hearts, empty wallets, and corpses through The Gilded Age. Just sixteen when she stood trial for the wrongful death of her first husband, the Creole beauty from New Orleans targeted, seduced, and murdered two more wealthy older men while evading justice in the courtroom-- and her lawyer's fees.
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What's a gal to do when her loaded lover is getting to be a nuisance? Why, just murder him and take all his money, of course. If you want to be fabulously single with tons of cash, just follow the lead of the beautiful and conniving Minnie Wallace Walkup Ketcham, who left a trail of broken hearts, empty wallets, and corpses.

Minnie was just 16 when she stood trial in 1885 for the wrongful death of her first husband, a successful businessman and politician almost 40 years her senior. Despite overwhelming witness testimony that the Creole beauty from New Orleans had purchased the arsenic that killed him, Minnie's own testimony brought the entire courtroom to tears. She was acquitted. Minnie returned to New Orleans with James Walkup's fortune, life insurance, Civil War pension, and all the expensive clothes she had shipped home before he even died.

Minnie still didn't have enough cash for her liking, so she successfully targeted, seduced, and murdered two more wealthy older men while evading justice in the courtroom (and escaping her lawyer's fees, too). How to Murder Your Three Wealthy Lovers and Get Away with It is an extraordinary and off-the-wall true story of intrigue, scandal, and murder.


Author Notes

Jane Simon Ammeson is the author of 13 books including Hauntings of the Underground Railroad: Ghosts of the Midwest, Murders that Made Headlines: Crimes of Indiana, and A Jazz Age Murder in Northwest Indiana. She writes about travel, food, murders, and history for many publications, including weekly columns in the Herald Palladium and the Times of Northwest Indiana.

A James Beard Foundation judge as well as a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and Midwest Travel Journalists Association, Jane's home base is on the shores of Lake Michigan in Southwest Michigan. Follow Jane on Facebook, Twitter (@HPAmmeson and @travelfoodIN), and on her blogs, Will Travel for Food with Jane Ammeson and janeammeson.blog.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

This gossipy true crime account paints a comprehensive portrait of a woman shrouded in mystery, Minnie Wallace Walkup Ketcham, who was born in 1869 and widowed for the first time by the tender age of 16. In a glib, conversational tone, Ammeson (A Jazz Age Murder in Northwest Indiana) relays the story of a teenage girl who walked into the lives of wealthy older men and walked out with generous inheritances-after their suspicious deaths. The author incorporates newspaper clippings and letters that detail the events surrounding Ketcham's crimes to gain insight on just how the young girl finessed worldly suitors, judges, and juries, engaging readers with playful tongue-in-cheek commentary aplenty. Ammeson relies heavily on unadulterated research material, specifically long passages sampled from the work of journalists past. Few insights are gleaned beyond the obviously sensationalized facts of the case, and the author's commentary tends to offer little more than mischievous quips. The book is informative and thoroughly researched, but its entertainment value lies mainly in the scandalous nature of Ketcham's career. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.