July 9, 2020

Episode 26 True Crime: The First Recorded United States Trial The Manhattan Well Murder of Elma Sands and the Legends of Lavinia Fisher - the First Female Serial Killer in the United States

In honor of Alex being the first Bachelor and Trista being the first Bachelorette, we both took that theme of firsts and ran with it.

Danielle discusses the first recorded trial in the United States, The Manhattan Well Murder of Gulielma “Elma” Elmore Sands. The Defendant in the case, Levi Weeks, had a star-studded cast of attorneys, including Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton (yes we do discuss Hamilton the play a lot in the episode, which Megan got Danielle obsessed with).

Megan talks about the legends surrounding Lavinia Fisher, who is widely thought to be the first female serial killer in the United States. Pro Tip: Don’t eat Oleander flowers, and don’t drink Lavinia’s tea.

We also share very recent true crime news about the heartbreaking death of Vanessa Guillen, we share some bad news about the sentence a Georgia child pornographer Peter Mallory and we chat briefly about Ghislane Maxwell, long time romantic partner (and alleged partner in crime) to the piece of shit that is Jeffrey Epstein.

First story begins at 19:35. Second story begins at 1:06:11.

Links Mentioned in Episode:

Book: Six Miles to Charleston: The True Story of John and Lavinia Fisher by Bruce Orr

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