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)[1] 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.[2] The murder, and the subsequent trial of the suspect, attracted national newspaper attention.

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Grace Brown
Grace Mae Brown

(1886-03-20)March 20, 1886
DiedJuly 11, 1906(1906-07-11) (aged 20)
Big Moose Lake, New York
Cause of deathDrowned by Chester Gillette
Resting placeValley View Cemetery, South Otselic, New York
Known forCircumstances of her death inspired fictional treatments as:
PartnerChester Gillette
ChildrenNone 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).[2]