Murder of Grace Brown
1906 homicide in Big Moose Lake, New York, United States / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Grace Mae Brown (March 20, 1886 – July 11, 1906) was an American woman who was murdered by her boyfriend, Chester Gillette, on Big Moose Lake, New York, after she told him she was pregnant. The murder, and the subsequent trial of the suspect, attracted national newspaper attention.
Grace Mae Brown
(1886-03-20)March 20, 1886
|Died||July 11, 1906(1906-07-11) (aged 20)|
Big Moose Lake, New York
|Cause of death||Drowned by Chester Gillette|
|Resting place||Valley View Cemetery, South Otselic, New York|
|Known for||Circumstances of her death inspired fictional treatments as:|
|Children||None but pregnant at time of death|
Brown's life has inspired such fictional treatments as Theodore Dreiser's 1925 novel An American Tragedy, and Jennifer Donnelly's 2003 novel A Gathering Light. The murder was analyzed and explored in two non-fiction books, both published in 1986: Adirondack Tragedy: The Gillette Murder Case of 1906, written by Joseph W. Brownell and Patricia A. Wawrzaszek, and Murder in the Adirondacks: An American Tragedy Revisited, by Craig Brandon (which was updated in 2017).