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By Alexis Coe

In 1892, the USA used to be keen 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 go as a guy to be able to marry her seventeen-year-old fiancée Freda Ward, but if their love letters have been came upon, they have been forbidden from ever talking again.

Freda adjusted to this destiny with an ease that surprised a heartbroken Alice. Her desperation grew with every 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 through her father that very evening, and health workers agreed: This was once a perilous and incurable perversion. because the court docket used to be extended 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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It had been Ada’s choice to tell her husband, but it was not her place to speak directly with Alice’s father. She had not even sent it directly to the Mitchell residence, but rather to Alice’s older brother, Robert, who safely delivered them to the family home. If nothing else, Ada expected to be taken at her word. It was a bizarre tale for the turn-of-the-century, but the stakes were high enough that it surely warranted redress. Isabella read the letter, and made its contents known to her youngest daughter.

It was as if their love had never existed, her world shattered by a phantom. The box, hidden in the kitchen, was all she had left, the only proof that Freda had ever loved her. Before the snow had come, Alice would often claim the family’s buggy and invite Lillie to ride downtown, a social call that conveniently masked her true goal of surveillance. But the weather that week had often made prisoners of them all. Twenty-five days into the New Year, 1892, Alice awoke to a clear sky on the very day she needed it.

WARD ALICE HAD YET TO FIGURE OUT how to transform herself—a plump, handsome woman—into a man, but she knew how to act like one. If a man wanted to spend the rest of his life with a woman, he proposed, and in February of 1891, Alice did just that. She could not make her intentions known to Freda’s family or procure Thomas Ward’s permission, but she could ask Freda to marry her, and that was all that mattered. She sent the proposal in a letter, and in return, she received a fervid acceptance. Still, Alice sent two more letters, each one containing the same proposal.

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