By Cindy Amrhein & Ellen Lea Bachorski
In 1856, in the rural town of Alabama, NY one woman's family suffered from multiple unexplained deaths. Polly stayed by her husband Henry Hoag day and night all through his illness that July of 1856. It seemed he had once again contracted cholera morbus. Henry suffered from nausea and stomach cramps that caused him intense pain. As his illness progressed his pulse became small and feeble. The doctors from Alabama Center were called; but despite all their efforts, Henry died. Three weeks later their six-year-old daughter Frances, displaying the same symptoms as her father, also died.
Polly remarried that fall to a man named Otto Frisch. It would be a short marriage. Her new husband deserted her in October the following year. Shortly after Otto left, Polly's 21-month-old daughter Eliza Jane died of mysterious causes.The town folk grew suspicious of the now remarried Polly Frisch.
The people of Alabama agreed that they saw no lack of attention on Polly’s part towards Henry and the children. Then why, in November of 1857, was she arrested for killing her 1st husband and daughters? An investigation commenced, bodies were exhumed, an affair—exposed. Polly would be indicted on several counts of murder. The punishment for such a crime was the gallows. Would Polly be the first woman in Genesee County history to be hanged for murder?
Her story began in the 1850s in the rural town of Alabama in Genesee County, NY and continued into the 1890s. It is the true story of Polly Frisch who poisoned her family with arsenic and the five trials it took to convict her.
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Ellen Lea Bachorski was the president of the Alabama Historical Society, and the museum director for the Town of Alabama Museum during the writing of this book. She lived in Alabama for over 15 years and operating a store called The Trading Post in the Hamlet of Basom where the authors met. Ellen currently volunteers for several not-for-profit organizations within her community and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. You can contact Ellen on her Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/ellen.bachorski
Cindy Amrhein was the Historian for the town of Alabama, NY from 1997 to 2007. She also served as a museum aide at the Holland Land Office Museum in Batavia, NY. Cindy became fascinated with the town's history when she moved into the area in 1990. She wrote her first book Bread & Butter The Murders of Polly Frisch published in 2000, with her good friend, Ellen Lea Bachorski. The story has been given a new life by publishing a revised, updated 2nd edition in 2014.
After working for ten years as a freelance abstractor for a title search company, Cindy changed her focus to title searching only historic properties and Native American land. From 2004 to 2006 Cindy was a weekly columnist for a Native American newspaper in northern New York State, The Akwesasne Phoenix Sundays (now out of print) under the pen name of HistorySleuth, the handle she still uses online. She is currently editing her book on the subject of Native American land rights titled, "Right of the Soil: An Abstractor's View of Indian Land Title in New York."
Cindy now lives in Wyoming County, NY where she has been the Assistant County Historian since 2007, and frequently publishes in the historian's quarterly Historical Wyoming. She is a founding member and webmaster for the Government Appointed Historians of Western New York. When she's not doing land research in the clerk's office or writing historical true crime, you can find her plotting out murder mysteries. She often posts snippets of her current writing on her blog