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November 12, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(20):590-591. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420200026004

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An editorial article in the Maryland Medical Journal, October 15, summarizes some recent publications regarding the sensational Memphis murder trial. It refers to some allegations or facts that have not hitherto been prominently mentioned Among other statements, is one of no slight importance, to the effect that the mother of Alice Mitchell the person accused of murder, was the subject of puerperal mania at the time of the birth of her eldest child, and was sent to an asylum on that account Alice Mitchell's trial resulted in a verdict of unsound mind—supposed to be temporarily insane through a perverted sexual jealousy. She was committed to the Bolivar Insane Asylum. A later publication states that letters, written by the medical superintendent of that asylum, describe Alice Mitchell as free from all symptoms of insanity. She may, therefore, presently be released from that institution, and when that has taken place it is

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