Thursday, August 14, 2008

Yesterday's Answer: Marie Davaillaud

Some people collect stamps; others postcards. She collected insurance policies on her friends, colleagues and employees. One employee in particular, Harry Wright, a slow witted handyman had been taken under Her wing when his mother died at her request. Mrs Wright also entrusted his inheritance; a few thousand dollars and the family home to her care. It did not take her long to work her way through Harry's fortune and after his house mysteriously burnt down and the insurance money was spent, Harry's usefullness was rapidly waning. She was convicted of second degree murder and served thirteen years of a life sentence. She was not so lucky; she was executed in the electric chair at New York's Sing Sing Prison on 27 June 1935. Her last words were "goodbye darlings" to the weeping matrons who had accompanied her on the last mile.Who am I?

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