On March 24, 1906 an unmarked trunk was left at at a train depot in Stockton, California. It drew suspicion as a foul smell began to leak from it. Police opened the trunk and found the dead body of Albert M. McVicar.
Later it was revealed that his body had enough morphine in it to kill ten men. His wife was known to be a morphine addict and a history of numerous ex-husbands.
Emma LeDoux Was found guilty of first degree murder.
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Despite delays due to loss of witnesses and evidence during the great San Francisco earthquake on April 18, 1906, Emma was eventually found guilty of first degree murder and became the first woman to receive the death penalty in California.
Before she could get the distinction of being the first woman legally hanged in California, Emma’s sentence was reduced to life in prison due to suspected jury tampering. She served ten years before she was granted parole in 1920, but soon returned to prison and spent the rest of her life in and out of the big house for various petty crimes until her death of ovarian cancer at the age of 69.