I Am Innocent, Compared To That Woman

Fooling around with your bosses wife and you could lose your head over the whole thing.

“Gentlemen, I am here to die, but I am an innocent man compared to that woman. She deserves death ten times more than I do.”

— Marshall Martin, convicted of murder, hanging, California.
Executed January 23, 1874

Martin’s work supervisor was Valentine Eischler, whose marriage with wife Elizabeth was in the course of unraveling. According to Martin’s testimony, Elizabeth seduced him and urged him to murder her husband. Eventually, Eischler
died in an attack with an ax, with both parties claiming responsibility at different times. Elizabeth pleaded insanity and was sent to an asylum. Martin was convicted of first-degree murder.

It’s worth noting that the Chicago Daily Tribune recorded slightly different last words: “Gentlemen: I want you all to understand that I am here to die; but I am an innocent man; I don’t deserve this. The woman that caused me to do this deserves death a thousand more times than I do. That’s all I have to say.”

Martin’s hanging was particularly gruesome, as recorded by the newspaper Alta California: “Although there was a drop of only six feet, the body dropped headless to the ground. His head rebounded a distance of six feet.”

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anthony January 24, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Michael... your interpretation of CA history has narrowed considerably, was that your intent from the beginning?
Michael Moore January 25, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Anthony, I am not sure what you mean in your comment. Where is the interpretation part of the post or is it that you would choose if you were writing to talk about a different issue that occurred on the same date in history? My intention is to as directly as possible to post the past as factually as possible. I do not know what you mean by intent. I do like puns, did you mean camping out as in a tent?


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