Thursday, April 06, 2006

4/6/06- Chester and Grace

On July 11, 1906, nearly 100 years ago, two young lovers on vacation at Big Moose Lake in the Adirondacks went out for a rowboat ride. Only one of them would return from that fateful trip, not realizing the impact of what happened that day would have on the world 100 years later. The events of that day spawned a classic novel by Theodore Dreiser called "An American Tragedy." It also spawned two movies, including the classic 1951 film "A Place in the Sun", the novel "A Northern Light" by Jennifer Donnelly, and most recently an opera in New York City. It also has kept people guessing as to what really happened that fateful day. And the names of the two lovers would forever be etched into New York Adirondack history.

The young man's name was Chester Gillette. The girl's name was Grace Brown. The girl would be the one who would never return, a victim of a tragic murder. She was survived by a series of heart-rendering love letters that she wrote to Chester because she was at least three months pregnant and she wanted him to marry her, but he would not. Grace assumed that she was in the Adirondacks on a wedding trip, but instead Chester had planned to kill her there. Later on, her letters were used to convict Chester at his trial and sent him to the electric chair in 1908. Even to this day, those letters still fascinate and touch the world.

This blog is dedicated to Grace's memory and since 2006 is the centennial year of that tragic day, I decided that it would be a good idea to start a blog site exclusively devoted to this immortal murder case an the events that are being planned to commemorate that fateful day. It will also focus my attempts to make sense of what may have happened on that July day in 1906, a day no one will ever forget.

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