During the night of November 1, 1890, nineteen year old village (Akron, Erie County, New York) resident Sarah (Sadie) McMullin lured Delia Brown (age 6) and Nellie May Connors (age 8) on to the New York Central Railroad Bridge over the Murder Creek gorge.
Sadie pushed the two children into the rocky gully 50 ft below. Connors was killed instantly. Brown was permanently injured. Sadie then jumped into the creek herself, but was rescued and arrested. She was put on trial for murder on March 5, 1891 and the case made national headlines.
Not Guilty of Murder is the Finding of the Jury in the Case of Sadie McMULLEN, on trial for the murder of little Mamie Connors, after being out forty minutes brought in a verdict of not guilty, basing their verdict upon the ground that the woman was insane when she committed the act and that she is still of unsound mind.