“Everybody knew Nellie and Albert weren’t happy,” Sadie told Zeke.
“One day he up and left, moving thirty miles away with a different woman.
Naturally townspeople assumed she’d murdered him so she went to jail for many decades. Upon her release she discovered that he’d been married all that time to her friend Bessie.”
“I’ve heard that story,” Zeke said. “She really murdered him then, and got caught.”
They spent the rest of the night picking apart the details of the case, trying to figure out the ethical ramifications of the punishment’s having preceded the crime.
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