The new book about the 1877 murder of the century in Jefferson, Texas
by author Mitchel Whitington
Two diamond rings...
The rings were first seen on the hand of the beautiful Diamond Bessie as
she was escorted around Jefferson, Texas by her husband. The couple was
spotted crossing the bridge over the bayou for a picnic lunch on the
afternoon of Sunday, January 21, 1877.
That evening, the husband was seen at their hotel alone, wearing the two
rings that had been on his wife's hand earlier in the day. He took the next
passenger train out of town without his wife, but carrying her luggage.
The two rings were reportedly found by a detective in a St. Louis pawn
shop some time later - the pawn ticket had been signed by her husband.
On February 5, Bessie's body was found in the woods south of Jefferson
with a gunshot wound to the head. A manhunt for the husband was launched,
and the nation watched in fascination as one of the most famous stories of
the 1800s unfolded.
Read these clips from newspapers of the day...
"The life and death of Diamond Bessie whose murder provoked one of the
most famous trials in Texas history was a story of sin, sorrow and bloody
tragedy." - The Jefferson Journal, May 16, 1878.
"The man, who planned one of the most cowardly murders every perpetrated,
whispered words of love and loyalty into the ears of the poor woman, who
was only too glad to receive them." - Texarkana Gazette, January 21, 1877.
"Rothchild is alleged to have conceived and proceeded to carry out a crime
so dark, so despicable, and so diabolical that Satan himself must have
blushed at its conceptionů" - History of Jefferson, published in 1900.
The book is a trade paperback, 5.5" x 8.5", 208 pages, with photos and illustrations. The price is $17.95, plus $2.00 USPS media mail shipping. To order securely using PayPal (which also accepts credit cards and e-checks), click on the order button below.
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