Alice + Freda Forever. A Murder in Memphis by Alexis Coe

By Alexis Coe

In 1892, the USA was once enthusiastic about a teenage murderess, however it wasn't her crime that surprised the nation—it was once her motivation. Nineteen-year-old Alice Mitchell had deliberate to move as a guy on the way to marry her seventeen-year-old fiancée Freda Ward, but if their love letters have been came across, they have been forbidden from ever talking again.


Freda adjusted to this destiny with an ease that shocked a heartbroken Alice. Her desperation grew with each one unanswered letter—and her father's razor quickly went lacking. On January 25, Alice publicly slashed her ex-fiancée's throat. Her same-sex love used to be deemed insane by means of her father that very evening, and medical examiners agreed: This was once a perilous and incurable perversion. because the court docket used to be elevated to house nationwide curiosity, Alice spent months in jail—including the evening that 3 of her fellow prisoners have been lynched (an occasion which captured the eye of journalist and civil rights activist Ida...

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Alice knew where people congregated, and where the crowd thinned. She needed to get Freda alone. There could be no intervention. The streets swirled with faces, both familiar and not, allowing Alice to move undetected. She had hoped it would remain this way until they reached the steamer, but Christina Purnell noticed their old friend suddenly lurking beside them. There was no more time to waste. Turning from Christina’s disbelieving eyes, Alice leaned in toward Freda’s face, as if to kiss her cheek.

Over time, Alice’s inconsistent narrative grew confusing, but as Lucy would later testify, it hardly mattered. As far as she was concerned, the story became secondary to Alice’s manner, unsettling to the point of distraction. But there was no one Alice could truly confide in. Certainly not her mother, who had forbidden her to see Freda, nor her older sisters, who had long ago dismissed her as anxious. Even Lillie Johnson, her closest friend, was ignorant of the truth, and she had been there from the very beginning.

It was an archive of heartbreak. It was all she had left. Alice had shown the ring to Lucy Franklin, the Mitchell family’s African American cook, and shared her tale of star-crossed love, how her hopes for the future had been so cruelly dashed by disapproving relations. Even though Lucy was a captive audience, she felt genuine concern for young Alice, and tried as best she could to console her. This went on for months, but Alice withheld parts of the story from Lucy, allowing assumptions to stand in the place of truth.

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