What happened to Diamond Bessie?

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In the mid-1800s, Diamond Bessie was a young girl was disowned by her family, cast out from her Watertown home and left to fend for herself in a difficult world.

While forgotten in the north country, her name helped revive the small town of Jefferson, Texas, where she was killed. There she has been remembered long after her death. The "Diamond Bessie Murder Trial" just finished its 65th year.

Today, Kelly Burdick and Christina Knott talk about Diamond Bessie, the challenges she worked to overcome and the tragedy that eventually overcame her hope for a better life.

Credits:Episode is edited by Christina Knott. Intro music is "Nobody Calls It San Fran" by Coyote Hearing. Outro music is "The Papergirl" by The Whole Other.

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Learn more about Blackwell Island, the Diamond Bessie murder trial or read Chris Brock's article at nny360.com.

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