Lizzie Gillespie Killed by Twin Brother

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Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism

Family Tragedy in Rising Sun

In a lot of these stories from the old newspapers, the press coverage often takes on the attributes of another character in the drama. In this case, the town of Rising Sun, Indiana, seems to evolve as the story progresses.

When one of the town matrons, the spinster Lizzie Gillespie is found assassinated in her parlor, townfolk tell reporters she had no enemy in the world and there could be no logical reason for the murder.

Then they start thinking of things, but they don’t want to name names.

And when Lizzie’s twin brother Jim goes to trial, he and  his co-defendants fear lynching, but the town only wants to be entertained by the scandal.

While I recognize the tragedy of a life lost, I find a subtle comedy in this tale of small town intrigue, family betrayal and murder.

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Incidental music by Chuck Wiggins

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