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19th Century Drama: The Kate Noonan Murder Trial

From: KFAI
Series: 10,000 Fresh Voices
Length: 05:17

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Crimes of passion are not uncommon, but in the late 19th century, a lower-class woman being acquitted of a high-class murder on an insanity defense was unheard of. KFAI producer Bobbie Scott recalls the the 1877 case of Kate Noonan--a young servant girl who fatally shot local businessman Will Siedel, and the unusual case that followed.

Courtroom_small Crimes of passion are not uncommon, but in the late 19th century, a lower-class woman being acquitted of a high-class murder on an insanity defense was unheard of. KFAI producer Bobbie Scott recalls the the 1877 case of Kate Noonan--a young servant girl who fatally shot local businessman Will Siedel, and the unusual case that followed.

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Crimes of passion are not uncommon, but in the late 19th century, a lower-class woman being acquitted of a high-class murder on an insanity defense was unheard of. KFAI producer Bobbie Scott recalls the the 1877 case of Kate Noonan--a young servant girl who fatally shot local businessman Will Siedel, and the unusual case that followed.