I feel like almost every crime show has an episode like Jesse Strang’s. A guy falls in love with a girl who makes him kill her husband or boyfriend for money or whatever other reason and most of the time she didn’t love him in the first place. Its unclear to me if Elsie Whipple loved Strang or not but on page 212, he is told that “Mrs. Whipple herself had furnished sufficient proof of his guilt for conviction, and that his case was hopeless.” This leads me to believe that she had no affections for Strang and was just using him. Mrs. Whipple was acquitted even though she may have been the one who came up with the plan to kill her husband in the first place.
It was also strange to me how much the person who wrote down George Swearingen’s story insulted Rachel Cunningham so much. None of the other things we have read put someone in such a bad light especially considering she wasn’t the one who committed the murder.
Some examples: “She was an ignorant, vulgar prostitute of the lowest grade, with no other attraction than a very moderate share of personal beauty” pg 44; “…Cunningham had no more pretension to beauty than the female orangutan lately brought over. Indeed the ape is insulted by the comparison” pg 48; “…and hurt his ignoble mistress” pg 45; “His intercourse with this abominable woman…” pg 47; and “we shall give her answer to his first letter, as it was written, to a comma, to correct the impression that she was well educated and accomplished” pg 62. The letter mentioned in the previous quote is then called “elegant” but I have a feeling that it was called that sarcastically or it was just not meant that way at all.
I don’t know if the author of Swearingen’s story has something against Cunningham personally or if he just disliked all prostitutes but its definitely something to look at considering she did less wrong that Mrs. Whipple did but is treated a whole lot worse.
I thought it was funny how Alexander White believes that he “was harmless to anybody but [himself]” but in the very same page he kills somebody.