The Burdick Scandal – Part XIV

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 Burdick Scandal – Part XIII

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.