Ian era press is than slightly ridiculous Falsifying interviews making up names or playing a game of telephone with someone else s reportage were all possibilities but McConnell assumes that each and every news report is accurate that each and every interview happened and that just gets irksome She also has ecided beyond all oubt that Minnie was guilty and as the book progresses to Min. Dal gossip theft and murder and that includes events taking place across the South and Midwest McConnell reveals a fascinating cast of characters revolving around Minnie Walkup including a former Louisiana governor and senator a prominent Ohio banking family the partner of a famous tycoon and a sleazy family partner of a famous railway tycoon and a sleazy court judge from New Orleans The Adventuress offers a Gilded Age soap opera that seems too far fetched to be what it is trueA substantial contribution to crime history The Adventuress is a welcome addition to any true crime reader's collectio. .
Started out interesting but flattened out badly as I went
ALONG THE STORY BOGGED DOWN INThe story bogged own in Bachelors and Bunnies details and unending cross examination I really enjoyed this book Reading about crime in the 1800 s is fascinating I would recommend this book to everyone who likes true crime As others have mentioned the book starts strong but rapidly goesownhill McConnell begins with Our Heroine s backgr. The engaging tale of a nineteenth century black widowIntrigue Both Hands Tied deception bribery poison murder all play a central role in the story of Minnie Walkup a young woman from New Orleans who began her life of crime when she was only sixteen years oldBorn in 1869 to Elizabeth and James Wallace Minnie was a natural beauty and attended convent school where she learned social graces and how to play the piano After theivorce of her parents she was raised in multiple boardinghouses owned by her mother and one owned by her mother and at one met her first husband James Reeves Walkup At six. Ound and marriage proceeds to the crime and
then bogged own in the minutia of the trial It rapidly became apparent that McConnell was workinggets bogged in the minutia of the trial It rapidly became apparent that McConnell was working of the trial It rapidly became apparent that McConnell was working entirely from newspaper reports and census records she goes off on tangents talks far too much about the reporters themselves and worst yet seems to take every single newspaper article at face value which given the morals of the Victor. Teen she married Walkup a forty nine year old successful businessman and acting mayor of Emporia Kansas One month later Walkup ied from arsenic poisoning and his young wife was accused of murdering him Her trial became one of the most sensational cases in Kansas history and was covered by reporters across the nationThe Adventuress Beth Sholom Synagogue details Minnie Walkup's remarkable life and criminal activities Using newspaper articles census and probate records andescendants' reports true crime writer Virginia A McConnell epicts a captivating story that is full of scan. ,