ELLA NELSON – THE “NOT GUILTY” KILLER - 1891
In New York City, in February 1891, a young woman named Ella Nelson shot and killed her married boyfriend. Yet, in a wild trial, a jury declared her “Not Guilty”. This shocking case made nationwide headlines at the time, but is hardly known today. This episode tells the story of what happened -- and why.
Transcript of Trial of Ella Nelson, Trial #14, John Jay College, pp. 23-26.
District Attorney Indictment Files, Court of General Sessions, NYC Municipal Archives, Box 428, Folder 3949.
New York Times, February 20, 1891; February 27, 1891; June 18, 1891; June 20, 1891
New York Herald, June 20 & 21, 1891; April 23, 1892.
Wellman, Francis L., Gentlemen of the Jury, Reminiscences of Thirty Years at the Bar (1934), p. 105.
Stansbury, Charles Fredrick,The Barrister: Being Anecdotes of the Late Tom Nolan of the New York Bar (1902), p. 81.
Murphy, Cait, Scoundrels in Law. The Trials of Howe & Hummel (2010).
Rovere, Richard, Howe and Hummel: Their True and Scandalous History (1947, second ed., 1985) [original title: The Magnificent Shysters].
Samuel Post: Jeff Richardson of the Everything is Awesome podcast
Ella Nelson: Penny Leal of the Murder She Spoke podcast
Tom Nolan: Barney Black of the Bloody Murder podcast
William Howe: Frank Docherty of the English Martial Arts podcast
Francis Wellman: Mike Brown of the Pleasing Terrors podcast
Jury Foreman: Nick Howell of The Concession Stand podcast.
Host Introduction, Listener Warning, Annie Walden footnote, Extro Aphorism:
Anabelle D-C of Anabelle Audios
Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com –
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The following pieces of music by Kevin MacLeod were used - in whole, or in part - within this episode:
Fig Leaf Rag
I Knew a Guy
Music Box Theme
Open Those Bright Eyes
Sing Along with Jim
Some Amount of Evil
The Curtain Rises
Source: Chesterton, G.K., excerpt from Tremendous Trifles (1909).
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