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Helen Jewett
Original name: Dorcas Doyen
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Birth: Oct. 18, 1813
Temple
Franklin County
Maine, USA
Death: Apr. 9, 1836
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Murder victim. Her real name was Dorcas Doyen, she was a prostitute who was murdered in her sleep. The prime suspect, a young man from a respectable family had been involved with Helen, he insisted on his innocence throughout the trial.
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DORCAS DOYEN IS MUCH MUCH BETTER KNOWN UNDER THE PSEUDONYM HELEN JEWETT, ONE OF SEVERAL ALIASES THAT SHE USED WHILE WORKING AS A PROSTITUTE IN PORTLAND, MAINE, IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, AND FINALLY IN NEW YORK CITY, WHERE WHE WAS MURDERED BY ONE OF HER CLIENTS.

HER MURDER RECEIVED UNPRECEDENTED AND EVEN SENSATIONALIZED COVERAGE IN THE NEWSPAPERS OF THE TIME. THE TRIAL OF HER SUPPOSED KILLER, RICHARD P ROBINSON, WAS THE O J SIMPSON TRIAL OF THAT DAY, WITH A SIMILAR OUTCOME. IN SPITE OF OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE THAT RICHARD ROBINSON WAS GUILTY, THE JURY NONETHELESS RETURNED A VERDICT OF NOT GUILTY. FINDING HIMSELF A PUBLIC OUTCAST HE MADE HIS WAY TO FRONTIER TEXAS AND UNDER AN ASSUMED NAME MANAGED TO BECOME A RESPECTED CITIZEN.
(info provided by contributor 47199078) 
 
Burial:
Saint John's Burying Ground (Defunct)
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
 
Created by: Laurie
Record added: Nov 30, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 8142576
Helen Jewett
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Helen Jewett
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Her body was stolen from the burial ground and dissected by medical students.
- Merav
 Added: May. 18, 2017

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 Added: Dec. 10, 2015

- Mimi
 Added: Feb. 21, 2015
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