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52: The Socialite & The Gardening Shears: The Murder of Idella Thompson

52: The Socialite & The Gardening Shears: The Murder of Idella Thompson

Update: 2019-05-102
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In 1948, a Delta Mississippi socialite named Ruth Thompson Dickins, hacked her mother to death with gardening shears. She blamed the murder on a “negro” man she claimed attacked her as well. But a jury of 12 white men didn’t believe her, in Mississippi, in 1949. That fact alone is incredible. But with her prominent family, wealthy and aggressive “cotton man” husband and the backing of the elite white people of her town and county, the governor of Mississippi was finally badgered into suspending her sentence after she served only six years.

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Comments (2)

Zoë McGinnis

lol damn Erica "happy mother's day"; you're killing (pun intended) that appeal to the dark sense of humor

May 22nd
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Gina Bardi

we all think she probably killed her dad too, right?

May 12th
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52: The Socialite & The Gardening Shears: The Murder of Idella Thompson

52: The Socialite & The Gardening Shears: The Murder of Idella Thompson

Erica Kelley