Wednesday, April 1, 1903 was a cold, rainy day. Inside the courthouse, Justice Murphy cleared his throat before reading his verdict. Edwin Burdick came to his death through several blows delivered by a dull-edged weapon, delivered with “homicidal intent”, Justice Murphy said. Although the murderer was no stranger, he said, it was not a woman. A … More The Burdick Scandal – Part XV
It was the last day of testimony, and before the courtroom even opened its doors, there was already news. Automobile experts had examined the Pennells’ Buffalo Stanhope electric carriage, and unanimously declared Arthur Pennell had tried to avoid the accident. It was certainly not a suicide, they said.
The spectators were still abuzz with Alice Burdick’s testimony when her mother entered the courtroom the following day, leaning on the arm of her attorney. Maria Hull wore a heavy mourning veil. Coatesworth led her through an introduction: she was the widow of James Hull, and Alice’s mother. She had lived with the Burdicks about seven years.