Michigan's Strychnine Saint: The Curious Case of Mrs. Mary McKnight

Michigan s Strychnine Saint The Curious Case of Mrs Mary McKnight The spring of proved disastrous for the Murphy family On April the infant Ruth Murphy died in her crib Within an hour her mother Gertrude experienced a violent spasm before she too died

  • Title: Michigan's Strychnine Saint: The Curious Case of Mrs. Mary McKnight
  • Author: Tobin T. Buhk
  • ISBN: 9781626192577
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Paperback
  • The spring of 1903 proved disastrous for the Murphy family On April 22, the infant Ruth Murphy died in her crib Within an hour, her mother, Gertrude, experienced a violent spasm before she, too, died Ten days later, John Murphy followed his wife and child to the grave after suffering from a crippling convulsion While neighbors whispered about a curse and physicians feaThe spring of 1903 proved disastrous for the Murphy family On April 22, the infant Ruth Murphy died in her crib Within an hour, her mother, Gertrude, experienced a violent spasm before she, too, died Ten days later, John Murphy followed his wife and child to the grave after suffering from a crippling convulsion While neighbors whispered about a curse and physicians feared a contagious disease, Kalkaska County sheriff John W Creighton and prosecuting attorney Ernest C Smith searched for answers As they probed deeper into the suspicious deaths, they uncovered a wicked web of intrigue And at the center stood a widow in a black taffeta dress.

    One thought on “Michigan's Strychnine Saint: The Curious Case of Mrs. Mary McKnight”

    1. Interesting book with lots of Michigan history tangential to as well as included in the the reporting of the story. The title doesn't really fit. There is nothing saint like about Mary McKnight but the story itself is carefully researched and reported. It is a quick read of a book. You can read it from cover to cover in a couple of hours. It is a good record of how far we have come in the areas of pharmacology, healthcare, and trial law since the turn of century. There are a couple of additional [...]

    2. It was not my kind of book. A lot of detail about court cases and theories about why she chose to poison mostly family members. It was hard to understand why people couldn't believe that she was guilty of the murders when it frequently happened when she was caring for someone and they died mysteriously.

    3. This was a pretty good book. I really liked the Michigan history in this. I drive by and through Kalkaska and Fife Lake often and now will think about Mary McKnight and her dark past every time I go through that area now. Good, interesting read.

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