Nov. 1, 2021

1823: The Sheriff's Mistress


Man meets woman. Man marries woman. Life was perfect... until it wasn't. This week the ONUC gals discuss the events in 1823, the case of the sheriff's mistress, and terminology surrounding sex work.

Trigger Warning Level: Low

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Transcript

You are listening to one nation under crime, a chronological true crime podcast. Each week we go through our nation's history and discuss one case from each year, starting in 1800. I'm Kayla and I'm Leah. And now it is the day after Halloween. How are you guys feeling? You got a Halloween hangover where you just like sad that Halloween's over. Cause I'm sure I have one of those right now. Was it good? Tell us how, how was your Halloween? Oh, wait, sound sounds like a lot of fun. That sounds great. Yeah. So now we're making it work. It's November 1st. Now we're into now. There's only two months after 2021. 

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I've gotten a good dent in my Christmas shopping. I mean, that's, that's the thing. If you're not started now 

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We're recording this week in advance and I'm sure I still haven't started. Oh no, I've got do Dumont in December. 

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Oh, that, that gives me halves. I mean, I've already gotten, 

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I have to, you've got a lot of people. I don't, I don't have a lot of people to shop for. So I guess that's probably why. 

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Oh God, I've got lots of people. I've got nieces and nephews and surrogate, nieces and nephews and sisters and brothers and moms and dads and in-laws and Outlaws and crooks and straights and wait, that's a country song. Wait a minute. Okay. 

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Well, we hope that you all enjoyed your Halloween. You still have Halloween candy, so you can still munch on that. I'm sure I will. My favorite Halloween candy are the, the white ghosts. The racy cups are the best. I'll use the white ones. They're so good. 

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Well, I went to the store and I bought my husband and myself about two racy cup pumpkins. Oh yeah. You told me 

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From a husband. I have some in the fridge. If you want one they're cold too. 

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Wait one for my husband went from myself. He, he ate his and I left mine in the dish on the counter, showed restraint and it sat there for several days. And after dinner I was like, Hmm, it's time. And it wasn't there. And I'd seen it earlier that day and I'd seen it there. Now my husband works from home with me. Okay. So we're both there together all the time. It's just being him in the house. No kids, 

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No one to blame it on. I mean 

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The cat and dogs do not have thumbs. And, 

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And we're not like those anthropomorphic wolves from a few weeks ago. 

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No, I was like, I went to the, to get it and it was not there. I walked into the living room where he was sitting and I said, where is my cap? Y'all he was chilling on the last bit of it stop. And he, he, he looked, I mean, he, he was ashamed because all thought it was mud Pope. And he said they were bad. I said, no, they were not, one was opposite. 

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00:03:25

Don't like to do better. So we went to the grocery store, we went on a day and went to Walmart and Publix and then brought home Chinese from the Chinese store next to Publix 4:00 PM. But we were in this store. I said, look, there's some racy cups. And they had a pack and then a single. And so I got a two pack for me and a single for him. 

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You already 

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Had your two that's. Right. And then I hit mud because when we got home, we let it all the groceries. And he put the, the RACI cups in the same little bowl on the counter. And then he noticed a little lighter that the Tupac, the Tupac was missing. And he said, what happened to you? Where's your RACI cup? I said, don't worry about it. Yeah. I took care of it. He said, Bridget, put it. I said up and he started laughing. I was like, you ain't hit him in and no, Michael, I'm not telling you where they are. 

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I don't blame you. I don't blame you at all. I would be quiet. I would be quiet, man. He ain't 

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And again, I got a place to put them. 

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Well, I hope you guys have had all of the racy cups that your, your heart can desire. If you don't like racy cups, whatever it is that you like, and you don't have to have 

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Like Leah. 

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00:04:52

Yeah. So we're, we're up to episode 25. We are, we have made it a quarter of the way to a hundred. How weird is that? And it is November. Like we said, so now, you know, while I still, I eternally live in spooky season for the rest of you, we are now in thankful season and yes, we would be quite thankful if you would leave us a five star review on apple podcast, especially with all the new listeners that we have, we would greatly appreciate. If you would go do that five stars, five stars. Only if you have nothing nice to say, then don't say anything at all. A lot of you, new listeners are from the south and you know what your grandmother taught you. 

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And so 

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Well, some people's grandmothers want me like Cleary. I may not say nothing. Nice. 

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Come sit next to me. That's true. Well, honestly, that's probably mainly 

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Maybe more you than me. 

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I admit it. So other than that, we are going to get into the case this week of 1823. The title of this week's case is the Sheriff's mistress. Oh no. So let's get into it. We'll go ahead. And I'm going to go ahead and put a trigger warning at the top of the episode, not a trigger warning so much for any gore or anything like that. There are going to be certain discussions of topics this week that some people may not be comfortable with people under a certain age, hearing, little ears, little, little ears, which I mean, you know, whatever, little ears, listen, whatever. I mean, that's up to you. You're you're the parent. I'm not, but there is going to be some discussion. 

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00:06:30

So just trigger warning. We are going to have some discussion of, there is some sexual assault that occurs in this case. We are going to be discussing terminology later on in this case about something else, I will give you a trigger warning before that happens as well, just because it's not going to take long. It'll just be a few minutes. But in case, you know, you are in the car with someone and that's just not really something that, you know, I mean, you wanted to sit there and listen to, with him sitting there, you can come back to it later questions to answer that you're not ready. Or if you don't want to answer those questions and that's fine. It is just another discussion of terminology like we've had before that we're going to talk about. So we'll get through that. 

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00:07:12

But our sources for this week, the Herald mail media had a good article and then murder by Gaslight, always a good one. They're the ones that shout out to them because they're the ones that gave me the idea for the title for this week's case. So we'll get into it. Our events in 1823, there is one event this year that I had to put in there. And I'm sorry, guys, I'll give you a trigger warning to skip ahead, like two seconds when you hear it, but it was too good to not put in. So we'll see. January 3rd, Steven Austin, the founder of Texas, or Tay hos, as some people might say, like Chicagoan receive a grant of land in Texas from the government of Mexico, January 27th, president James Monroe was appointed as the first us ambassador to south America. 

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February 3rd, Jackson male academy opened in Tennessee. It is now known as union university, March 11th. The, this is literally what it said. The first normal school in the U S opened normal it's named Concord academy in Concord, Vermont, I guess not like a boarding school or something by that, but yeah, that was what it was April 22nd. This just gave me just a little happiness and nostalgia in my heart. April 22nd, 1823, RJ Tyler patented roller skates. 

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00:08:53

Oh, always good roller rinks, always fun. May 10th. The first Steamboat to navigate the Mississippi river arrived at Fort Snelling. We will also discuss the Steamboat in this case as well. August 23rd, Hugh glass. Sorry, not meaning to laugh. It's just the way that this goes. August 23rd, Hugh glass was attacked and mauled by a grizzly bear and left for dead in the Missouri territory. He crawled 200 miles crawled before making it to get help. 

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00:09:38

And it was the inspiration for the 2015 movie with Liam Neeson, the remnant. Wow. Remember that? Maybe with the wolves in, watch it. Yeah, but you remember like the commercial of it with Naomi son anyways, I'm sorry. It's a very, very, very popular. He won a bunch of awards that year and everything for it. So September 22nd, Joseph Smith went to where the quote golden plates or stored and said he was directed there by God, through an angel, the golden plates or the source that helped Joseph Smith translate the book of Mormon. I was going to say, he's the Mormon guy, and we will talk about him. And he is going to be the topic of an entire episode July, because of course he is he's involved in something inundated event for that year. 

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00:10:27

Middlebury college in Vermont became the first us institution of higher education to grant a bachelor's degree to a black American Alexander Twilight. A fantastic name that is very like, you can skip for like five seconds. If you don't want to hear this, I am going to use a word. It is what it is. This was just a fun fact. That was too good to not leave out. So go ahead and skip forward. Now, if you would not like to hear just one word of language, John Neal published 76, the first American work of fiction to use the phrase son of a bitch. 

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00:11:10

Did you do the thing? I was going to leave that out. Like it was in the events for that year. And I was like, they thought it was good enough events. So I think it's a good enough of events. So I put it in there, but that was the first American work to include it. What was it? What was the title? 76. I don't know. I didn't look into it and then do six. So our birds in 1823, we're going to get to a really interesting one that sent, you said birds. You did not say birds. January 23rd, Dan rice. He was a famous clown, not a fan. He was in Aquarius, February 3rd, Spencer Fullerton. 

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Baird was an American name. Isn't it? It was an American naturalist, orange biologist and museum curator. And he was the first curator at the Smithsonian institution. 

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Like his, like that has to be a job. Yeah. And his name fits that. 

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So he's an 

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Aquarius. He wasn't like, was he a third? Do you say that? No, he wasn't. He sounds like he should shape 

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February 5th. Rachel Crane, rich Mather established the Mather school for daughters of freed slaves in South Carolina, which eventually became the technical college of the low country. And she's an Aquarius then March 23rd, Schuyler Colfax was born, who was the 17th vice president of the United States. He's an Aries. And we think this is this guy's date of birth, but we're not real sure. So we're just going to go with it July 9th. And I put in parentheses, maybe Phineas gage was born. Some people might know the story of Phineas gage, and we might discuss it later on in an episode, but it is just fascinating. 

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00:13:10

So little bit of a warning for anybody who doesn't really want to hear some massive drama that happens to someone just skip forward to about 30 seconds. It's not too bad, but some people it's slowly. Lee has never heard this. So she's probably going to L in a second, Phineas gage was an American railroad construction foreman who survived an incident when a massive iron rod was driven through his head destroying most of his left frontal lobe, the rod entered the left side of his face before the jaw joint and exited out the top of his skull. 

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I actually need his name. And I was thinking if that's what had happened. So I need this from some 

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It's in history books. And you'll, you'll see why in a second, it's known as the American crowbar case, he is known as one of the greatest medical curiosities of all time. Did you see my 

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Hand? I was like, I think it 

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Went, it went 

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Remember rare, but I knew it was through his head somewhere. It was on the left 

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Side of his face. And it's, it's like right before your jaw, like where you're, 

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I'm aware, but I knew it, like I said, it went through, he lived 

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For 12 years after the incident occurred craziness, even though everyone said he was not himself after the incident, 

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I don't think 

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He was a cancer. August 5th, Elizabeth Tibbetts, one of the founders of Riverside, California, and an activist in DC, spiritualist who led seances and known for successfully growing the first two hybrid Washington navel orange trees in California. She's Liam, September 23rd, Sarah Jane Lippincott, AKA grace Greenwood choose an American author, poet, correspondent lecture and newspaper founder. 

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00:15:28

She was one of the first women to gain access into the congressional press galleries. She started the little Pilgrim, a children's magazine published works of Louisa may Alcott. Cool. When she died, her obituary was on the front page of the New York times. Wow. That's a big deal. She was a Virgo and December 23rd, Thomas wilt burger Evans, what a name? He was an amazing, he is an American dentist. He performed dental procedures on many heads of state, such as Napoleon the third and received metals for dentistry. 

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He popularized many techniques which are standard now, including using thank you, cat, whichever one that was, which included using amalgam for fillings, which we still a lot of people dentists still use today and using nitrous oxide, laughing gas. He's a Capricorn. I've never used that. I have. It's delightful. I do. Every time I get my teeth cleaned, Leanna is my, my stress going to the dentist. Yes, I have helped you with that before how I'm able to go September. Let's see our deaths in 1823, September 28, Charlotte Melmoth. 

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She was an English actress known as quote the grand Dom of tragedy on the early American stage, after a mildly successful career in great Britain and Ireland, she came to the U S in 1793 and became known as one of the best actresses of the last part of the 18th century. So like I said, our case this year is an 1823. And in the fall of 1823, George swear engine met Mary Scott and Hagerstown, Maryland, September of 1828. 

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00:17:33

Mary swear engine fell off her horse and died. Then George swear engine and Rachel Cunningham fled making them fugitives of the law row. So we'll get into Hagerstown just a little bit. I did look up the phonetic saying of that. And Hagerstown apparently is how you say it. Hagerstown is located in Washington county, Maryland, and it is ranked as Maryland sixth largest city in 1739. Jonathan Hagar, a German immigrant from Pennsylvania purchased 200 acres of land in the great Appalachian valley between the blue Ridge. 

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00:18:13

And I believe it's Allegheny mountains. Isn't that what it is in Maryland. He originally named the town Hagar's fancy later in 1762 Hagar also officially founded Elizabeth town named for his wife, Elizabeth Kerscher in 1794, the government officially arrested 150 citizens during a riot, which was in response to the whiskey rebellion, which we discussed in our case, our episodes of Alexander Hamilton, mm. Hacker went on to become known as the father of Washington county. 

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00:18:53

And then in 1813, the city council renamed Hagar's fancy to Hagerstown the town, went on to be a staging area during the civil war due to its location, right on the border of the north and the south. And Hagerstown nicknames became the hub city when it became the center of the Western Maryland railroad. Today, Hagerstown is a vital location on the CSX. Northfolk Southern and Winchester and Western railroads. One of the most recognizable symbols of Hagerstown is the weather vane known as little high school, high school spelled H E I S K E L L named after the German 10 Smith Benjamin high school who created it in 1769 in the form of a soldier with a feather on his helmet, carrying a forward facing bay in it. 

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00:19:54

So the bayonet kind of is pointed forward and he's got like this big feather on the top of his hat is that what's on the Maryland flag. I don't know it was placed a top the market house first and then moved to city hall in 1824. And it was in both of those places for a combined hundred and 66 years. When you see it you'll know it. I don't know if it's on the flag for them, but I do know that it's like a major symbol is not, I've lost my in that area. So this weather vane during the civil war was it gained an iconic bullet hole that is still in it from a Confederate sharpshooter who won a bet after shooting it from a full city block away, which is roughly 310 to 323 feet away. 

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00:20:55

Considering considering this was during the civil war. That's pretty good, pretty good name in 1930 shops shooting in 1935, the original weather vane was retired and placed in the museum of the Washington county historical society. And then to where it sits today and Jonathan in the Jonathan Hagar house, which is open to, to tours, you'll still see a replica of the weather vane on city hall today. That's cool. So it's very good to add that to our road trip. Interesting. So Maryland is very pretty. 

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00:21:36

I always I've. I've never been there. I've always wanted to go there. I have family that lives there. George swear engine was described as handsome, popular, and a hard worker. He was even given a position clerking for the county of Washington, Maryland when he was only 16. Eventually he had to leave his job due to a pulmonary condition, which is a lung condition for those who don't know caused by over work. I put not sure how you were overworked as a clerk for the county, but okay, go off. Maybe, maybe the papers were too dusty, too dusty. It was 1821. When George was sent to live with his uncle, John swearing-in in a boarding house in Hagerstown, his uncle was the sheriff of Washington county at the time. 

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00:22:24

And while it seems like the story would be about him seeing as he is, the sheriff is not. George was 21 when he moved in. And two years later, Mary Scott moved into the same building as George and became very smitten with him almost immediately. Mary's father was a distant relative of the <inaudible>. She was assistant distant cousin Georges. Mary came from a fairly wealthy family and she would be considered a catch by many standards. George's family was very aware of how well off Mary's family really was. 

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00:23:08

And his family encouraged him to court marrying woo. Her two years later, the two were married and they moved into a house of their own. George was studying to practice law in Maryland, but decided to run for local office instead of following in the footsteps of his uncle. At the same time, Mary was pregnant with the couple's first child. Mary started to have complications while carrying their child. And since George was so focused on his campaign, she went to Cambridge, Maryland to stay with her parents. It happens often in stories like this at this time, but while Mary was away, it was George's turn to sounds like the Mariah Reynolds situation, which was just your typical man after all who had manly needs. 

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00:23:53

And those needed to be full helped me say no. In fact, at one point George himself said, quote, I occasionally visited those houses of libertinism and chambering which Solomon declares to be the way to hell leading down to the chambers of death. All right. And how could we possibly expect George to handle his own washing and mending? I mean, he's just a man that's women's work, right? Obviously I hope you hear the sarcasm in my voice people. 

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00:24:33

Well, this George to come across Rachel Cunningham she's cunning, Rachel was a laundress and a well-known sex worker in the area who was also referred to as a fallen woman. And we'll get to why she is called that there's a joke in there about sheets, but we'll continue. Okay. This is where your trigger warning is going to come in. We are going to have some discussions about sex work and the discussions surrounding that and kind of go from there. Likely you said, if this is a topic you would not like to really answer questions. 

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00:25:14

If anyone else is listening and you would not like to have that conversation at this moment, let's skip forward. So here's how we'll do this. Cause this, this is what I thought was interesting when I was, when I was reading about it. So we are going to talk about the word prostitute and what prostitution actually is versus the word sex work. So I'll go ahead and put in here, the reason that I'm using these terms, so that it's kind of understood. Prostitute has actually been part of the English language since the 15 hundreds and the term has morphed over time to quote prostitute was something that someone it's not something that someone did, it was something that was done to you. 

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00:26:05

If that makes sense, and I'll get into it in 1520, the term was used to quote, expose publicly. It doesn't say expose yourself. Doesn't it say? It just says expose publicly was the term in broader terms, you know, in 1560, it kind of evolved. And the term meant to quote, surrender to any vial or infamous purpose and broader terms. You could view that as someone who's sexually assaulted, not necessarily as who offers sex for money, cause it's surrender to any vial or infamous purpose. 

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00:26:53

These terms are very like we'll get into more of them. It's it's very weird. So according to Adam, online.com, which is like etymology, but Adam online quote, the notion of sex for hire is not inherent in the etymology, which rather suggests one quote, exposed to lust or sex quote, indiscriminately or randomly offered. So literally it meant to be exposed to sex that is randomly offered to you. So technically as a wife, I guess you could prostitute your husband. 

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00:27:40

I mean, it's like what, okay, you've got a science lesson last week. You get an English lesson this week. We just we're here to make you well-rounded people apparently. So if we're going to move on to a transitive, then it is, it is an act to do something. So moving on to the adjective, it's simply devoted to corruption purposes. And then finally, if you were using it as a noun, it is a person who exchanges sexual intercourse in exchange for pay or a person such as a writer or painter who deliberately debases dilutes or abandons his or her talents for money immediately. 

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00:28:26

When you listen to a case on the news, or you listened to a case, really anything, any like forensic files or anything that you're listening to. And the reporter says the victim of violence was a prostitute specifically. That's the terminology that they use. Most people put less of a value on that. Person's life based on that one statement, because the word has negative connotations to it. So a lot of times like, and I did hear this in passing in an, I won't say where I won't say who won't say anything, but it was relating to a documentary that was on Netflix. And somebody said, oh, isn't that about a bunch of prostitutes? 

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00:29:07

I'm not going to watch that. They had it coming. That is why this is a term that is being outdated. They had it Maine. So you could say, well, I'm sorry, I'm picking my chin up. I know, I know it was, it was not okay. It was rough to hear it was rough to hear. And because I, I'm sorry, I believe there's value on life. When you hear a story of someone who is murdered or they are, or anything, I, it, they shouldn't have been murdered. It doesn't matter what, and, and I'll get into more of that here. 

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00:29:47

So, 

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00:29:49

Oh, that makes me sad. 

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00:29:50

It hurts. Like it really hurt me like on a physical level to hear someone say that, but we have a lot of people listening. I understand there are a lot of different opinions. So just, just stay with me for a moment. So you could say, well, that is a high risk lifestyle, right. And it's dangerous. And you should know that, okay, let's look at the list compiled by the university of Delaware of the most high-risk jobs available in order for most least based off fatality rates. All right. So we have lock workers as number one, 111 out of a hundred thousand log workers die every year due to a logging related incident can see that. 

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00:30:33

So we're going to go down the list. Then we have aircraft pilots and flight engineers, Derek, Derek operators, and oil, gas, and mining. There's just people that go out into the middle of the ocean and they work there to get paid so well. Then you have roofers, you have garbage collectors, iron workers, delivery, drivers, farmers, firefighting supervisors, and power alignment, or just the top 10 out of 25 that are listed. That is just the top 10. Also on the list are crossing guards, construction, helpers, heavy vehicle, and small engine mechanics, police officers, mining, machine operators, and maintenance workers. Now not going to get on my soap box, try not to 

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00:31:15

Step away, sip away. Some of 

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00:31:18

Those jobs are risky. And you could also say that simply going to work for people in those fields is considered a high risk lifestyle. You cannot place value on someone's life based off of a title that is placed on them. Yes, sex work in the traditional sense is not legal in those places. I'm aware of that as well, but there are many types of sex work that are out there. 

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00:31:48

And I will say there are other jobs that I would, I would lead you to go to. Instead of those, I would. But the, one of the most important lessons my dad ever, ever, ever, ever taught me was a, person's a person at you, no matter how small, correct. You know, just like Horton hears a who, every potty is somebody, everybody has their own story 

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00:32:18

Has one. Yes. And everybody is somebody to somebody. Yes. 

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00:32:23

Everybody should be treated as a person. 

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00:32:26

There are some people who are in sex work and it is not their choice. 

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00:32:32

Absolutely. 

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00:32:33

Absolutely. There are in this story, it's pretty clear that Rachel chose to do for one reason or another, but for some people they are in an abusive relationship or they were kidnapped and forced into it. And that is correct. Some people think that ed is sad too. Some people think it's the only way they can provide for their family. Some people had been had been that Ted that and that, and that's when they exactly, that's what they believe is true. And there are some people who choose it and that's what they choose as a job. And, you know, I understand you have your own life decisions. You can make your own choices for yourself. 

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00:33:14

Look, if it's something you're doing and you're happy in it, and you feel like it's a safe space for you, Cisco off broke, go off whoever you are, man, woman indifferent. I don't care if you feel like that's something for you, be safe. I get that. But understand that there is a vast majority of people who did not want to be in that lifestyle. Just be thinking about that. That is why I call Rachel in the story, a sex worker, instead of now they're back on track. There's a quote that will come up later. That does say it, but it is, it is a quote. So Rachel Cunningham was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

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00:33:56

And like, I think pretty much everyone was at this time. My gosh, so many people are from there. Her father was a wealthy doctor and she was sent to boarding school as a young child. Unfortunately Rachel's mother died when she was only nine. And her father followed when Rachel was 14. There wasn't very much money left over after the burial of both of her parents. And Rachel went to live with her aunt and uncle, the Wallington in Bedford, Pennsylvania, the Wellington's rented out rooms during the summer season. And Bedford was a popular resort town. So there was quite a bit for Rachel to help out with Rachel was described as beautiful and quote a well-formed teenager. 

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00:34:39

I do not like that description. A Bedford was described as quote, a summer resort of peripheral legacy and pollution. Well, there you go. There are two definitions for profe legacy. One is reckless extravagance or wastefulness. The other is the use of resources and the other is promiscuous or unprincipled behavior. Considering the next part of this I'm going with the second definition, because it was said that men took notice of Rachel as a teenager. Anyways, Mrs. Wallington Rachael's aunt was not one to let a money-making opportunity pass her by saying she had racial shake hers. 

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00:35:25

Well, Chalan come on. She realized that with Rachel around, she could charge double the price for rooms and still have the boarding house full because of the men who adored her niece. This wasn't the greatest idea because then Rachel figured out that she could trade favors for expensive gifts, jewelry, and money from some borders. One of these borders that paid special attention to Rachel, and more ways than one, his name was Orlando. Haverly Orlando was a young man who was very wealthy and he sang, fell in love with Rachel and needed to have her as his own. 

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00:36:08

For my research, it says that Orlando was a man of color. And I'm only putting that in here because I'm not trying to whitewash anything, but I'm also not exactly sure by what they mean by a person of color. They did not indicate anything. And so I also don't want to like assume anything, right? But the reason I'm mentioning it is because still during this time, interracial relationships were pretty much forbidden in those areas. So this would have been like quite the scandal Rachel and Orlando saw each other throughout the summer. Whenever they found an opportunity. Once the season was over, Orlando checked out of the boarding house with the promise to come back at a specific time for Rachel, the time came and Rachel climbed out her window and got into Orlando's carriage. 

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00:36:55

This is typically where this couple runs off and gets married and lives happily ever after. But this story does not go that way. Orlando gave Rachel everything she wanted and when she wanted it, although they were never officially married, the couple did refer to each other as husband and wife, one evening Orlando came home to find that Rachel was canoodling with another man who was only referred to as Mr. D. Yes, I used the word canoodling. I just thought it was fun. I'm glad you did. I liked that. Really? The men dueled one another to see who would have Rachel and Orlando was shot and killed by Mr. G, Mr. 

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00:37:38

G took Rachel with him to Annapolis, Maryland. And she became the woman of the house. Mr. G's family was not okay with this. And when his two sisters express their objections, he kicked them out. Oh, the story at this time was very similar for racial compared to when she lived with Orlando, she was given anything she wanted. That was until she tried to fire a servant. Mr. G refused to let Rachel fire the servant. So clearly the only solution was to poison Mr. Jean. Oh no. Well, Mr. G figured out what she was, what she was doing and figured out, Hey, I don't feel great. And he sent Rachel away after breaking off the relationship, probably smart, probably smart properly. 

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00:38:23

Rachel was on her own. She ran away from her aunt and uncle. So she likely wouldn't be welcomed there. Both of her parents were gone. Orlando was killed in a duel. And Mr. G fell out of love with her when she tried to him. I mean, so she traveled to different areas on the east coast and she quote, lived off of her beauty until she eventually made it back to Pennsylvania. She lived in Franklin county with a wealthy merchant for a bit, and then moved on to Philadelphia, to be a mistress for a judge until she quickly grew bored of him and left for Hagerstown, Maryland. Somehow Rachel went from being a mistress to a sex worker and she also took in laundry. 

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00:39:07

It's not real sure quite how that happened in an article written about Rachel, she was described. And this is a direct quote here. She was described as quote, an ignorant vulgar prostitute of the lowest grade with no other attraction than a very moderate share of personal beauty. Well, very kind sure. It was a man that wrote it anyways. Well, regardless of how anyone described Rachel George swear engine found himself smitten with her smitten kit smitten. 

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00:39:50

George took Rachel to a Methodist camp meeting and on the way back, he ran the buggy into a stump, wrecking the vehicle and injuring Rachel, the affair between the two became known in the middle of his campaign for sheriff, oh, his political associates advised George to distance himself from Rachel, but he refused. George was a popular candidate. And even though everyone knew about Rachel, he won the three way race for sheriff. Wow. Rachel was severely affected by the knowledge of her relationship and her landlord threw her out Jordan where'd she go, George set her up in a house of her own and visited often. 

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00:40:37

George's love for Rachel was an obsession. He even saw a poem and newspaper and he erased the original name and put Rachel's name in and cut it out and sent it to her at a session. It's never a good thing during all of this, his wife, Mary swear engine was still in Cumberland with her parents in September of 1828. George rode to Cumberland to bring his wife back home. They were both on horseback traveling back to Hagerstown. And then on September eight, a farmer herding cattle found swear. Engine George sitting beside the body of his dead wife. 

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00:41:18

She had fallen off her horse and dot her body was then taken to cresaptown and a coroner's inquest was held the jury, viewed the body and examined the horse dunk done. The knees of horse were cut as if by a fall. They concluded that Mary quote came to her death by an act of Providence. Mary was buried, but charity Johnson was one of the women who had prepared her body for burial. And she thought that Mary Hatton died in a fall from a horse. Oh, she had bruises on her throat and other bruises that suggest she was violently, sexually assaulted. 

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00:42:02

The plot tickets, charity Johnson wanted the body disinterred or exude and examined again, George re fused, but Mary's mother believed that her daughter had been killed by Rachel Cunningham and agreed to the excavation. George and Rachel, both fled Maryland first traveling together. Then they separated and they plan on meeting in new Orleans. So now 

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00:42:30

Question the friend that helped 

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Prepare her body, just a woman, just a random woman. 

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00:42:37

Oh, I thought you said it was a friend of hers. No, 

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00:42:39

No, no, no. She was just a, she was just a random woman 

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Who, but she was a townsperson so she knew what was up. 

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00:42:48

She was, she was there to prepare 

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00:42:52

What was going on while Mary, sorry. 

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00:42:56

Claire's clocked in for her shift at the biscuit making factory. Yes, 

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00:43:00

She has. She loves me best sit with me. 

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00:43:03

She loves that blanket. That's why she's Paul's cutie little Paul's we seen that tick talk or it's like, the cat is watching the, it's like a KitchenAid mixer on the counter and it's watching the kitchen aid and it's making like, they're making biscuits. It looks at the cat and it's like, what's wrong in the cats? Like, I'm just, I'm just afraid. I think I'm going to lose my job. It's funny making biscuits. So the, just a woman of the town who, 

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00:43:41

Well, yeah, but it wasn't like somebody that was from Mary's hometown where she had been like, okay, correct. 

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00:43:47

Correct. Cause this was in Hagerstown, right? Okay. So Rachel and George, both flood, Maryland first traveling together. Then they separated planning to meet in new Orleans. Rachel traveled by Steamboat. As I said, it comes back. She likely passed George, who was using the name Martin while he was traveling at the time George was floating down the Mississippi and a flatboat. Rachel was traveling by Steamboat on the Mississippi. George made it to new Orleans, but was apprehended. After leaving the flat boat, he was taken back to Baltimore, Maryland, and then conveyed to Allegheny county for a trial at the trial. 

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00:44:34

Everything came out. The prosecution alleged that George had tried to murder his wife twice before her actual death. First in a buggy accident on the side of a mountain. And second, the day before the murder, he allegedly tried to drown her while passing a river Alma. The first was probably a legitimate accident. George was notoriously bad at driving. And we did discuss that before, when he got into an accident with Rachel, the second was no witnesses was probably not true. George's attorney John L Mahoen explained that Mary had suffered from this is a medical term. 

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00:45:14

Guys. Let's see Luco, phlegmatic temperaments, which made her liable to spontaneous uterine hemorrhaging. Oh, ma that does not sound pleasant. No. Her doctor had advised her to refrain from sex explaining why George Strait in the first place, the condition also explained why she appeared to have been violently, sexually assaulted after the death for good measure. He speculated that charity Johnson who was preparing her body, attacked the body with a broomstick. Oh, oh, try like beating her and, and whatnot and, and whatnot and whatnot. 

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00:46:01

I can't just, just to implicate, don't pass to girl to implicate George as a murderer. That is horrible. The jury found George guilty of murdering his wife before he was executed. George confessed to killing his wife. Mary though, he denied a lot of denied. A lot of what was said in court. He admitted that he had knocked her off of her horse. And here you go. Here's the T on what happened? What am I gonna sit upon? Go ahead. I got tarot head. Okay, go ahead. We'll wait. We'll wait. 

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00:46:41

Okay. Sounds good. May really had tea. She really did. Mary had wanted to stop at the Tevis farm. I believe it's Tevis or Tivas. It's kind of spelled like Tervis without the RSO Tevis, a property that they owned. But George refused knowing that at that time, Rachel was staying there. When Mary persisted, it angered him and George wrote alongside her, where he then punched her in the temple, knocked her off the horse and down a hill where she hit her head on a rock and she was killed. 

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00:47:22

So it was accidental. Supposedly, while standing on the gallows, George sang a Psalm and told the crowd that he wanted it to be understood that he died in peace with God and all the world. He had no doubt and no fears that his repentance would be accepted. It was never known for certain what happened to Rachel Cunningham. But a book on her life was published not long after the murder, which said that she was tried and hanged for the murder of Mary swearing. Swearing-in as well. Let's som did he sing? Did not say whale, but that is the story of the Sheriff's mistress and the murder of Mary Scott Swearingen. 

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00:48:08

This kind of sand is kind of sound. Mary's like, I'm just an innocent past standard. I haven't even been here. Like you don't even go here. Just, just, just go home. I mean, not in a mean girls quote, even go here, go Glen cocoa. I mean, girls is such a good movie. It really is. All right, everyone. Raise your hand. If you've been personally victimized by Regina, George. Oh gosh. It's so funny. So, so fetch start trying to make such happen. Although I do love that she is in a lot of hallmark Christmas movies. 

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00:48:54

I do. I do appreciate that. Love Lacy show. They love her. She's very pretty. She has aged quite well to very well. There, there are some people who have aged very, very well. She is definitely one of them. She's not. Yeah, she looks very good. She's beautiful. So anyways, you are beautiful. Of course I can't. I didn't realize it. And then when it hit me, I was like, well, I gotta say, I'm sorry guys. Oh, she's not, my brother is home. I know she's not seen him. 

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00:49:35

We've been pushing through these recordings to get these done so she can see her brother. So we will, and yes, this is the brother that we discussed on our USS a per VA case who is in the Navy. Yes. So he, he got leave and he's he's home. So we'll let Leo go spend her family time. And while Leah's spending that family time, you can go to our website where you can find, oh, when you see information you're looking for, it is one nation under crime.com. I know guys, it's real hard to remember, but I think you can do it. We are one nation under crime on Facebook and Instagram and at Owen and UC pod on Twitter and one nation under crime on YouTube, just go and find us and subscribe there. 

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00:50:21

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00:51:02

And now your favorite candies from the people that might steal them from you get ready, get yourself prepared for the thankful season for thankful for UK and thankful for you. Ah, black Friday shopping. I love black Friday ads. I don't, I don't do black Friday shopping because they started on Thanksgiving day and that's just wrong. That's true. Well, I mean, Nope. Nope. We won't discuss anyways. I did the online shopping, but I don't go out. Oh, cyber Monday. Cyber Monday is always pretty good. So we will see you here. Same time, different crimes. 

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And remember there isn't always Liberty and justice for all. Nope. Nope. <inaudible>.