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The Trials of Laura FairSex, Murder, and Insanity in the Victorian West$
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Carole Haber

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469607580

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469607597_Haber

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Introduction Laura Fair and the Unwritten Law

Introduction Laura Fair and the Unwritten Law

(p.1) Introduction Laura Fair and the Unwritten Law
The Trials of Laura Fair

Carole Haber

University of North Carolina Press

This introductory chapter describes the case of Laura Fair, who shot and killed her long-time paramour, Alexander Parker Crittenden, on November 3, 1870. Pleading not guilty on the basis of temporary insanity caused by dysmenorrhea—a problematic and painful menstrual cycle—she argued that everything that occurred upon the ferry was simply a blur; she had no knowledge or control of a single event that had taken place on that day.

Keywords:   Alexander Parker Crittenden, Laura Fair, murder, dysmenorrhea

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