Ep. 19 Black Widow Debutante

The Murder of John Whipple

In the 1800’s women were expected to depend on and obey their husbands in all things. There was a cultural belief that women weren’t capable of making intelligent decisions so their lives were entirely controlled by men, for their own protection. This assumed lack of intelligence also made it impossible for men to believe that a woman could possibly concoct a murderous plot and manipulate others to do her bidding. They were sorely mistaken.

Cherry Hill in the 1800s
Cherry Hill in 2020
Jesse Strangs Confession
John Whipples Grave


Nation Gazette and Literary Register; “Horrible Assassination”

Wikipedia; “”Murder at Cherry Hill”

Jesse King, WAMC; “Historic Cherry Hill Spotlights 19th-Century Murder”

Paula Lemire, Albany Rural Cemetery; “Beyond The Graves”

Matt Malette and Mike Allen, Spectrum News; “The Haunted Past of Cherry Hills Famous Murder”

Murder by Gaslight; “Albany Gothic”

Deborah Black, Life Death Prizes; “Violent murder that lead to the last public hanging in Albany”

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