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 Margaret <I>Murchison</I> Hossack

Margaret Murchison Hossack

Death 25 Aug 1916 (aged 72)
Indianola, Warren County, Iowa, USA
Burial New Virginia, Warren County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 12058647 · View Source
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Alleged Murderess. She was considered the "Lizzie Borden of Iowa." She was accused of killing her husband, John Hossack, with an ax while he was sleeping in his bed. She claimed that she had been sleeping next to him at the time of the murder but that she had not heard a thing. Despite her claims of innocence, she was charged with the murder. In one of the most sensational murder trials in Iowa history, she was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. The conviction was overturned on appeal and she was tried for a second time. This time, the trial ended with a hung verdict with 9 jurors voting for her guilt and 3 voting not guilty. She was not tried a third time and no one was ever convicted of the crime. She was buried in the family plot next to the husband that she was accused of murdering. The murder and trials are depicted in the book Midnight Assassin.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Margaret Murchison Hossack (19 Nov 1843–25 Aug 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12058647, citing New Virginia Cemetery, New Virginia, Warren County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .