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Grace M. Brown (Billie)

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Born: 1886 AD
Died: 1906 AD, at 20 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Victim

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1886 - Grace M. Brown, born on the 20th of March. She was an American shirt factory worker whose murder became the basis for the fictional character Roberta Alden in the Theodore Dreiser novel, An American Tragedy.

1906 - She met her secret lover Gillette in DeRuyter, New York on the 9th of July and they began a trip together. They spent the first night in Utica and then took the train to Tupper Lake, where they spent their second night together.

      - On the morning of the 11th of July they took the train back towards Utica and stopped at Big Moose Lake in Herkimer County. They rented a boat together and spent the entire afternoon out on the water. She left her trunk in the train station and her hat in the hotel, but Chester took everything he had with him out onto the boat. Gilette returned alone, and gave varying explanations for what had occurred. Her body was found the next day, and Gillette was arrested in nearby Inlet.

1908 - Her murderer was executed in Auburn Prison by electrocution.



 

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