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TitleThe potato masher murder : death at the hands of a jealous husband / Gary Sosniecki.
AuthorSosniecki, Gary, author.
Call NoIND. 364.152 SOS


LocationCirc StatusCall NoIssue Name
WinamacDue on 7/1/2021IND. 364.152 SOS 

Catalog Details

International Standard Book Number 9781631014192 (epub)
International Standard Book Number 9781631014208 (pdf)
International Standard Book Number 9781606354049 (paperback)
Dewey Decimal Classification Number 364.152/3092 23
Personal Name Sosniecki, Gary, author.
Title Statement The potato masher murder : death at the hands of a jealous husband / Gary Sosniecki.
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice Kent, Ohio : The Kent State University Press, [2020]
Physical Description xxiii, 211 pages, (12 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrated ; 23 cm.
Content Type text txt rdacontent
Media Type unmediated n rdamedia
Carrier Type volume nc rdacarrier
Series Statement True crime history
Bibliography, Etc. Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, Etc. "Discord and domestic violence end in murder Albin Ludwig was furious. He had caught his wife, Cecilia, with other men before; now, after secretly following Cecilia one evening in 1906, Albin was overcome with suspicion. Albin and Cecilia quarreled that night and again the next day. Prosecutors later claimed that the final quarrel ended when Albin knocked Cecilia unconscious with a wooden potato masher, doused her with a flammable liquid, lit her on fire, and left her to burn to death. Albin claimed self-defense, but he was convicted of second-degree murder. Newspaper coverage of the dramatic crime and trial was jarringly explicit and detailed, shocking readers in Indiana, where the crime occurred. Peter Young of the South Bend Times wrote that the murder's "horrors and its shocking features . . . have never before been witnessed in Mishawaka." The story was front-page news throughout northern Indiana for much of a year. For several generations, the families of both Cecilia and Albin would be silent about the crime-until Cecilia's great-grandson, award-winning journalist Gary Sosniecki, uncovered the family's dark secret. As he discovered, wife beating was commonplace in the early 20th century (before the gender-neutral term of "domestic violence" was adopted), and "wife murder" was so common that newspapers described virtually every case by that term. At long last, The Potato Masher Murder: Death at the Hands of a Jealous Husband unearths the full story of two immigrant families united by love and torn apart by domestic violence"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject-Personal Name Ludwig, Albin, 1869-1954.
Subject-Personal Name Ludwig, Cecilia, 1876-1906.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Uxoricide Indiana Mishawaka Case studies
Location IND 364.152 SOS 31662001665785

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