Female Justice: Hattie Woolsteen
In October 1887, the body of a local dentist was discovered in a burned out barn in Compton. Police suspected 21-year-old Hattie Woolsteen, rumored to have been having an affair with the married dentist, was the culprit. The press dubbed her “wicked Woolsteen” and “she-devil,” but a number of influential women rallied around her cause, helping to present her as the victim. How did the 19th-century views of womanhood affect the outcome of this case? And do these views still influence women’s trials today? Come hear the story and decide for yourself.
This program is not appropriate for children under 14.