Old Blood

A Man's Crime: Alice Mitchell & Freda Ward

July 03, 2023 Old Blood Season 3 Episode 41
Old Blood
A Man's Crime: Alice Mitchell & Freda Ward
Show Notes

In 1892, 17-year-old Freda Ward was walking to the river landing when she was attacked with a razor blade and had her throat slit. The ensuing legal battles brought national attention to Memphis, Tennessee, and challenged her society’s views on gender and love.


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Newspapers: The Bolivar Bulletin, The San Francisco Call, The New York Times

Music: Credits to David Fesilyan 

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