A Deadly Marriage Proposal (Season 2, Episode 8)

Maria Barbella

A drawing of Maria Barbella during her trial, source.

Turn of the century New York isn’t just a hotbed for immigration, it’s also a hotbed of crime. Maria Barbella, a young Italian immigrant, becomes a fitting example of this when she murders her abusive lover in broad daylight. But can a jury of Victorian men condemn a proper young lady to the electric chair?

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Little italy crowded with street vendors and wagons and people

Photochromic of a street in Little Italy in the early twentieth century, source.

Domenico drawn portrait

The murder victim, source.

Cora's portrait

Cora, Maria’s biggest supporter, source.

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Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9