Lot 243 of 627:
Letter from murderer to W.C. Ralston  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$180
Estimate:
$300 - $500

Title:
Letter from Laura D. Fair, convicted murderer whose sentence was overturned, to William Chapman Ralston

Author:
Fair, Laura D.

Place:
San Francisco

Publisher:

Date:
March 9th, 1873

Description:

Autograph letter signed by Laura D. Fair. 16 lines, in ink, on small sheet of lined paper. 

Laura D. Fair, the defendant in a spectacular murder trial, writes to San Francisco banker and financier William Chapman Ralston: "...It being necessary that I should see you upon important business, (to myself at least), I desire to know whether you will call to see me, or whether you would prefer I should call at the Bank. I am at the Yosemite House, on Geary Street, No. 40½, Room 19, second floor from the street. If you call please come on Monday afternoon or night..." The thrice-married Fair (a bride at 16 and a widow at 17, she abandoned her second husband, and her third committed suicide), took up with a married man when she was 26, being assured by her paramour would soon divorce his wife. Learning that they had reconciled, she shot him in the heart on the ferry from Oakland to San Francisco. Her defense that the shooting was the result of temporary insanity caused by a severely painful menstrual cycle, was insufficient, and she was sentenced to hang. The verdict was appealed, with support from suffragettes, and overturned. The details of the lengthy affair, the murder, the trial, the conviction and the appeal were prime fodder for the newspapers of the day.


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Condition:
Very good condition.


 
Item number:
280442
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