Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Interviews with the Director of THE RED PILL movie – Cassie Jaye

Most of the following are video interviews, a few are audio only. The first few date from the period following the completion of shooting footage and before production and editing had begun.


Mar. 20, 2014, Paul Elam,Paul Elam Interviews Filmmaker Cassie Jaye on The Red Pill,” 54:12, USA

Oct. 30, 2015, “Chatting with Cassie Jaye!” Black Trident TV, 26:08, USA?

Nov. 1, 2015, Interview with Cassie Jaye by Janet Bloomfield and Ethan Ralph, "Killstream #4," The Ralph Report, pub. by Janet Bloomfield, 2:02:45, USA

Nov. 3, 2015, Cassie Jaye (statement), “Everything you need to know about ‘The Red Pill’ documentary film,” Cassie Jaye (Youyube account)9:46, USA

Oct. 7, 2016 - The Red Pill, International Film Premiere in New York City

Oct. 8, 2016, Alison Tieman, “The Secret Inspiration for The Red Pill” (2 parts), 21:30+19:22 (pub. Oct. 13, 2016), Canada

Oct. 17, 2016, “Taking the Red Pill with Cassie Jaye,” This Alt-Right Life (#25), Matt Forney, on PlayerFM, 48:18, USA

Oct. 24, 2016, “Cassie Jaye on Feminism and Men's Rights Activists (Part 1 of 2),” Rubin Report (2 parts), David Rubin, 33:46+28:25, USA

Nov. 9, 2016, “Sargon of Akkad, Discussing The Red Pill with Cassie Jaye,” Sargon of Akkad, 2:02:27, UK

Nov. 13, 2016, “Cassie Jaye - In Depth Interview in Los Angeles,” Studio Brule, 40:32, Canada

Nov. 13, 2016, “Fireside Chat 12: The Red Pill and Cassie Jaye,” 1:41:15, Canada

Nov. 24, 2016, Interview with Cassie Jaye, The Bolt Report, Andrew Bolt, Sky News, 15:58, Australia

Dec. 8, 2016, “Cassie Jaye interviewed by Emma Barnett,” BBC Radio 5, Mike Buchanan (pub.), 12:21, UK

Dec. 9, 2016, Stefan Molyneaux, “Take the Red Pill,” 1:13:41, Canada

Dec. 16, 2016, “#102 HOLLYWOOD TRUMP TANTRUMS! Alex Jones, Sally Kohn and Cassie Jaye,” Louder With Crowder, USA (see 1:46:05-2:09:00; of full: 2:19:08)

Dec. 29, 2016, Tom WoodsTV, 39:53, USA
A Feminist Takes a Second Look at the Men's Rights Movement”

Jan. 4, 2017, “Are the Cards Stacked Against Men?: Censored Filmmaker Speaks Out,” (Ep. 12 | Season 3), The Fallen State (Jesse Lee Peterson), 28:12, USA

Jun 11, 2017, “On Australian morning news show Weekend Sunrise, Andrew O'Keefe and Monique Wright "interview" filmmaker Cassie Jaye about her movie The Red Pill:,” 7:31, Australia

Jan. 8, 2017, Interview with Cassie Jaye (excerpt), The Project, Channel 10, Australia, 5:05; Note: it seems the Project had pulled the original video in response to criticism

Jan 29, 2017, Cassie Jaye interview, The Red Pill Birmingham screening,” I only fear phobophobia, 12:19, UK

Mar. 7, 2017 - The Red Pill, International digital release (NetFlix “declines” featuring the movie)

Mar. 17, 2017, CBC Calgary, 4:07, Canada

Apr. 27, 2017, “The Red Pill - Interview with director Cassie Jaye,” Film Quote Compile, 21:37, UK?

May 5, 2017, “THE RED PILL-Australian Radio Interview with Cassie Jaye,” jumpingformenandboys, 24:04, Australia

Jun. 14, 2017, “Andrew Bolt interviews Cassie Jaye After ‘Hostile’ Australian Media| Red Pill 2017,” The Bolt Report, Sky News, 8:28, Australia

Jun. 14, 2017, “Director of the Red Pill movie, Cassie Jaye, talks to the Unshackled's Tom Pirrone,” The Unshackled, Australia, 5:25

Jun. 16, 2017, “The Red Pill: Former Feminist Talks Metamorphosis, Awakens To Human Destiny,” Alex Jones, 36:30, USA

Jun. 21, 2017, “What’s Wrong With the Mainstream Media?” Mark Latham, Rebel Media

Jul. 14, 2017, “#196 Is Net Neutrality Good? Ben Shapiro and Cassie Jaye ,” Louder With Crowder (108:23) @ 41:23, USA

Jul. 17, 2017 (pub.), “Cassie Jaye on Laci Green & Media Backlash,” Honeybadgerradio, 15:30, Canada (recorded in Australia)

Jul. 29, 2017 (pub.), Cassie Jaye on Australian Media, her 'Red Pill' moments, and why she's not an MRA, Cassie Jaye YouTube, (Footage by filmmaker Jordan James with Citizen X Productions), 7:01

Jul 29, 2017 (published), Jun. 12, 2017 (recorded), “Cassie Jaye's UNEDITED Interview with The Age (Good Weekend) Australia - AUDIO ONLY,” Cassie Jaye YouTube, 1:02:35




Saturday, June 17, 2017

For Carrie Bickmore: A Sketch of a Research PROJECT Australian Domestic Violence – Violence-by-Women

Australian broadcaster Carrie Bickmore, is interested in the tragic domestic violence cases in which a parent murders a child. Regrettably, accurate information on Violence-by-Women is exceedingly hard to come by. This post offers brief notations on Australian cases in the hope that Australian scholars and researchers will follow through and create a thorough presentation of this overlooked, important if disturbing topic.

The image is taken from the notorious edited broadcast of Carrie Bickmore’s deceptive and bullying interview of the world’s most controversial Cassie Jaye, director of The Red Pill (2016, USA).

Also see:
Female Serial Killers of Australia
Maternal Filicide:


Australia - Domestic Violence – Violence by Women – A CHECKLIST
(includes mental illness cases)

(incomplete, in progress; many involve suicide of the murderess; att the moment we are only identifying the murder victims in this checklist)

1874 – Clara Donoghoe – Sydney, Australia – 1 child (Dec. 4)
1884 – Margaret Kelly – Jerilderie, near Yankee Station, NSW, Australia – 2 chn (Nov. 29)
1888 – Emma Elizabeth Aston – Upton park, East Ham, Australia – 2 chn (Apr.)
1888 – Mrs. Wm. Doyle – Dawson, near Toongabbie, Australia – d (11), s (9 mo)  (Nov. 12)
1891 – Mrs. Watson – Jumbowie, SA, Australia – 1 child (Mar. 1)
1893 – Balmain mother – Balmain, Australia –1 child (Jan. 9)
1894 – Mother (Name?) – Ecuuca, Eaglehawk – 1 child (Dec.)
1894 – Sarah Masters – Dandenong, Australia – d (19 mo) (Dec. 7)
1895 – Clara Maddin – Townesville, Australia – 1 child (Feb. 27)
1895 – Harriet Trippiett – Lauriston, Australia – 1 ch (6 wks; decap.) (discovery Feb. 1)
1898 – Amy Stewart – Auckland, Australia – 1 child (Jun. 28)
1898 – Mrs. Catherine Glover –Triabunna, Tasmania – 6 chn (Mar. 1)
1898 – Mrs. M’Carthy – Yarraville, Melbourne, Australia – 3 chn (May 11)
1898 – Ellen McNabb – Mount Alexander, Australia – 1 child (Nov. 25)
1899 – Edna Joehenson – Richmond, Australia – 1 child (Jul. 11)
1899 – Mrs. Youngman – Albert Park, Victoria, Australia – s (12) d (8, rescuded) (May 13)
1899 – Ann Rhoda Kidney – Woollahra, sub of Sydney, Australia – 1 ch (9 mo) (Jun. 9)
1901 – Mrs. J. C. Drummond – Naranghi, Australia – 1 child  (Jan.)
1901 – Mrs. Laffy – Australia – (Oct. 8)
1901 – Mrs.  (James) Day – Coleraine, Australia – 4 chn (May 31)
1901 – Mrs. Chamberlain – Port Melbourne, Australia – 2 daughters (Dec. 24?)
1904 – Clarinda Hope SelbyNorth Bangaroo, Australia – 2 chn (Nov. 15)
1906 - Mrs. Albert Lambert Townsville, Australia 2 chn (Jan. 13)
1907 - Elizabeth Smith – Clifton, Australia – 1 child, slit throat, near decapitation (Feb.)
1908 – Madame Soulard – New Caledonia, Australia – 3 chn (Mar. 27)
1910 – Cornelia McClusky – Bendigo, Victoria, Australia – brutal, 3 chn (Aug)
1910 – Mrs. Keys – Sydney, Australia – 3 chn (May 18)
1912 – Florence Grace Gerson – Bunbury, Australia – 1 child (Oct.)
1912 – Lillian May Wakefield – Crabtree, near Huonville, Australia – d (4), d (4 ½ mo),. D (7 mo) (Jul. 21)
1913 – Sara Gouley – Wellington, Australia – 1 child (Mar. 30)
1913 – Agnes Ferry – Dimboola, Australia – 1 child (Nov. 3)
1914 – Mrs. Delaney – Felimington, Victoria, Australia – son (10) (Oct. 26)
1915 – Annie Sophia Thiel – North Yanae, Victoria, Australia – 2 chn  (Dec.)
1916 – Ms. (Borraelough?) – Koerlong, near Mildura, Australia – Son, Earle (14), d Deborah (11) (Sep. 9)
1918 – Elizabeth Gibson – Broken Hill, Australia – (Gladys (d, 22) (Oct. 25)
1924 – Alice Maud Dodds –  Melbourne, Australia – 1 child (Jul. 28)
1924 – Mrs. Saeter – Newcastle, Australia – daughter (Apr.)
1925 – Madeline Annie Maher – Sydney, Australia – 1 child (Apr. 15)
1926 – Margaret May Wellsmore – Alexandria, Australia – 2 chn (May 21)
1927 – Mrs. D. Lauren – Babinda, Australia – 1 child (Nov. 14)
1927 – Tryphene Rae – Gore, Australia – 4 chn (Apr. 11)
1928 – Martha McNeill – Rozelle, Sydney, Australia – 1 child (Sep. 22)
1929 – Mrs. W. Gavin – Kingsland, Australia – twins (Aug. 7)
1929 – Ruby Miller – Surat, Australia  – 2 chn dead, 2 critical cond. (Dec. 6)
1929 – Mildred May Roberts – Bankstown, Australia – 1 child (Mar. 19)
1930 – Iris Osborne – Stanmore, Australia – 1 child (Jan. 2)
1934 – Martha Turner – Malvern (Melbourne, Australia – 2 chn (May 1)
1935 – Rose Elsie Friend – Gladstone, Queensland, Australia – 1 child (Oct. 19)
1935 – Irene Gladys Taylor – Carroll, Australia – 3 chn (Jan. 30)
1939 – Helen Benson – Carrington, Australia – 2 chn (Jan. 10)
1944 – Thelma Alice Sinclair – Ungarie, Australia – husband, 1 child (Jan. 30)
1948 – Mrs. Vincent Lilian Rydge – Vaucluse, Sydney, Australia – son (5) (Sep 30)
1951 – Mary Bradley McDonald – Brisbane, Australuia – d (6), s (8 mo) (Jun.)
1953 – Carol MacDonald – Mahwah (New Jersey), Australia – 4 chn (May 3)
1953 – Dorothy Milne – Kirawee, Australia – 2 chn (May 26)
1954 – Lima Mary Harrison – Newcastle, Australia – husb (false jealousy) (Jun. 21)
1954 – Elsie Myra Banner – Essendon, Australia – 1 child (Mar.)
1965 – Laura Ann Corry – Point Yernon, Mervey Bay, Australia – 1 child (Jan. 25)
1968 – Mavis Green Gardner – Medlow Bath, Lithgow, Ausrtralia – (Sep.)
1972 – Mrs Apolonia Quarisa – Griffith, Australia – 3 chn (Jun. 28)
1977 – Mrs Marjorie Dorothy McGree – Nowra, Australia – 1 child (Oct. 8)
1993 – Gunn-Britt Ashfield – Nowra, NSW, Australia – Ashfield, now known as Angelic Karstrom, and her then boyfriend, Austin Allan Hughes, beat John Ashfield, 6, to death with a hammer (Aug. 1993)
2001 – “Hunter Valley, Australia Mother” – Hunter Valley, Australia – son (5, survived), (7 mo, survived) (Nov. 25)
2002 – “Sandstone Point Australia Mother” – Unnamed Mother (Mother-perpetrator), Unnamed Father (Father-”Left-Behind”); Sandstone, Point Australia Murder = November 22, 2002. (bodies found); Sentenced to life
2008 – “Canley Heights mother” Australia – 2 children (Feb. 19)
2010 – Gemma Killeen – Perth, Austalia – 1 child (Nov.)
2014 – Raina Thaiday – Cairns, Australia – 8 chn (Dec)
2015 – Akon Guode – Melbourne – Bol (1), Hanger (4), Madit (4); Alual (6) survived
2015 – Cara Lee Hall – Leda, Western Australia – husb, att murd 2 chn (Dec 6)
2000 – Katherine Mary Knight – Aberdeen, NSW, Australia – cannibal murd. of husb.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Margaret Bushell, Suspected Serial Killer Mom – 1973, England

FULL TEXT: Peterborough, England – Files on the violent deaths of three children will remain closed despite the conviction of their mother for murdering her fourth child, a coroner said yesterday.

Mrs Margaret Bushell, 49, [of Downham Market, Norfolk] was jailed for life on Tuesday [May 15] for smothering her seven-year-old son Simon with a pillow. He was the fourth of her children to die tragically in 15 years. One was drowned in a bath, one in a water boiler and another fell to his death from a window.

Yesterday, a local coroner, Mr Arlhur Bantofi, said the verdicts of accidental death on the three children had been in accordance with police evidence, and followed full police investigations.

Two Members of Parliament have called for an inquiry into the other three deaths. The children, the first of whom died in 1958, were a girl of three, and two boys, aged five and three.

Mrs Bushell, a widow, denied murdering Simon. She said his death was an accident and that she had become angry at the way he had kept twitching his nose.

[“Mother gets life for murder,” Canberra Times, Australia, (AAP Reuter), May 18, 1973, p. 4]



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Female Serial Killers of Australia

1886 – Harriet Ann StevensWangaratta, Victoria, Australia – 2 murders & 1 attempt
1888 – Louisa Collins – Botany, NSW, Australia – 2 husbands plus 1 child suspected
1889 – Ellen Batts – Waverley, NSW, Australia – 3 babies
1892 – Jane Makin – Sydney, NSW, Australia –13 babies died; executed
1894 – Frances Knorr – Brunswick, Victoria, Australia – from 3 to 13 babies; executed
1894 – Martha NeedleRichmond, Victoria, Australia – 5 victims (1 survived)
1898 – Margaret Ann Smith – West Perth, WA, Australia – 3 babies
1905 – Mary Bellears & Thomas Barton – Euora, Victoria, Australia – “wholesale infanticide”
1907 – Alice Mitchell – Perth, Western Australia, Australia – 37 babies
1908 – Madge Clayton – Preston, Victoria, Australia – 6 infants
1909 – Ruth Rendell – Perth, WA, Australia – 4 step-children; executed
1913 – Isabella NewmanMelbourne, Victoria, Australia – 3 babies
1946 – Marjorie Coleman – Camperdown, NSW, Australia – 3 murders suspected
1952 – Yvonne Fletcher – Newton, SA, Australia – (2 husbands)
1952 – Dorothy Hahn – Adelaide, SA, Australia – 3 babies
1953 – Caroline Grills – Gladesville, NSW, Australia – murdered 3 women & 1 man
1969 – Barbara Wilkinson – Wahroonga, NSW, Australia –  6 babies
1980 – Helen Patricia Moore – Fullwood Pl., Claymore, NSW, Australia – 3 chn d., + crippled
1986 – Catherine Birnie – Willagee, WA, Australia – with her husband, she murdered 4 women; their fifth escaped, leading to the criminals’ apprehension.
2003 – Kathleen Folbigg – Mayfield, NSW, Australia – 4 own chn (& 2 others?)



SEE MORE: Female Serial Killer Collections


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mothers Who Murder: Unfashionable Truths

BOOK: Dr. Xanthe Mallet, Mothers Who Murder: And Infamous Miscarriages of Justice, 2014, Ebury Press (Random House Australia).

Mothers Who Murder paints a shocking picture of the cruelty (and evil as Mallett concluded) that women can inflict. To do so on their own flesh and blood is mystifying and perhaps, this is why the topic of mothers who kill their children will always be heavily covered by the media and disseminated by experts and pundits.



Checklists for Cases on UHoM:






Thursday, March 16, 2017

Avelina Teodoro, 16-Year-Old Murderess Who Stabbed Her Schoolmate 37 Times – Philippines, 1929

FULL TEXT: Sixteen year old Avelina Teodoro, of San Fernando, self-confessed murderer of her classmate, Constancia Pineda, also 16 years old, broke down when the sentence sending her to prison for life was read to her. Last September, Constancia’s body was found on the grounds of the Arayat Elementary School, pierced with a score of knife wounds. 

After some difficulties in the tracing of the murderer, the fingerprints on the body and the blood stains on Avelina’s clothing and books point out to the author of the crime. At first, Avelina denied the crime, pointing to Hilario Lugtu as the murderer, but confronted with the clues discovered, she confessed to the crime

[from The Graphic (weekly magazine) (London, England), Dec. (date undetermined), 1929; posted online in: “Cuts Like A Knife: Avelina Teodoro, Pampanga's Young Murderess, 16,” Views From The Pampang (online), Jan. 5, 2016]


“It was inside the toilet of the school that Constancia’s body was found with 37 stab wounds on her body.”

Date of murder: September 19, 1929 or shortly thereafter.

For more details see: “Cuts Like A Knife: Avelina Teodoro, Pampanga's Young Murderess, 16,” Views From The Pampang (online), Jan. 5, 2016




More cases: Youthful Borgias: Girls Who Commit Murder


Monday, March 13, 2017

Velma Patterson, Suspected Texas Serial Killer - 1936

FULL TEXT (Article 1 of 4): Greenville, Texas. – Mrs. Velma Patterson, 34, of Commerce, was charged with murder Friday in the death of her 11-year-old daughter, Billie Fae McCausland.

The Hunt county grand jury returned the indictment Friday after Dr. Landon C. Moore, Dallas chemist, reported to District Attorney Henry Pharr that more than a lethal quantity of a poison was found in the child’s viscera.

Billie Fae’s body was exhumed from the little Pleasant Grove cemetery near Commerce Monday and the organs sent to Dallas on a magistrate’s orders and upon recommendation of a grand jury.

~ First Thought Flu

The indictment climaxed several days of investigation of the child’s death which occurred last January 7 at Commerce after a three-day illness. At that time, death was attributed to intestinal influenza.

Mrs. Patterson has been held in the Hunt county jail here since the investigation started. Deputy Sheriff V. L. Delaney said Friday afternoon that a search of the jail cell where she is confined had revealed a bottle of poison, a razor blade, and several letters in which she gave instructions for disposition of her body in the event of death, and also instructions for the care of a 15-year-old son.

Bill Patterson, husband of the accused woman, died several months ago.

~ Quick Trial Seen

District Attorney Pharr said Mrs. Patterson’s trial probably would be set for the present term of Eighth District Court.

The child’s body was exhumed from the quiet rural cemetery near commerce before a group of county officials headed by Pharr and Sheriff D. M. Newton, who brought the viscera to Dallas for examination.

[“11-Year-Old Tot Slain; Murder Charges Filed Against Mother In Greenville; Poison Is Discovered,” Valley Morning Star (Harlingen, Tx.), Mar. 21, 1936, p. 8]


FULL TEXT (Article 2 of 4): Greenville, April 30: — The latest love affair of Mrs. Velma Patterson, already hinted as a possible motive for the alleged poisoning of her little daughter, Dorothy, was mentioned again today as the state closed its murder case against the thrice-married brunette.

The prosecution wound up its case at 11.10 a. m. and Judge Charles Berry recessed court until afternoon, when the defense will begin its efforts to break down the circumstantial evidence presented against the woman.

In closing testimony, Fred Patterson of Commerce, brother of Mrs. Patterson’s third husband, Bill, said that after ‘the death of Dorothy McCasland, 12, Mrs. Patterson told him she was in love with Jimmy Wallace, Lone Oak cattleman.

Fred Patterson quoted the woman as saying she was “thinking of marrying him (Wallace).

“I wonder what my family would think about it?” the witness said Mrs. Patterson asked him.

Annie Cooper, maid in the Patterson home at Commerce, previously had revealed that Mrs. Patterson was “deeply in love” with Wallace and had said she “would marry him if it wasn’t for the children.”

~ Two Children Died.

At that time her two children; Dorothy and Billie Fae McCasland, were living. They died early this year and the state claims poison administered by the mother was responsible Fred Patterson said he visited his sister-in-law’s home several times from Jan. 4 to 17 and saw Wallace there “frequently; often before they ate breakfast.”

Bill Patterson, the woman’s third husband, died the latter part of last year. Previously she had married and divorced W. W. McCasland, the father of Dorothy and Billie Fae, and Bill Kelly.

McCasland told today how Billie Fae, who died last Jan. 7, struggled for breath and. In convulsions, begged him to take her where she could get fresh air. He said she died in his arms while he was holding her In his arms, after carrying her to a back porch.

“She died before I could get her back to the bedroom,” he testified.

“I went to Mrs. Patterson’s Sunday, Jan. 5, to see the children and Billle Fae was sick. She asked me never to leave her. She was cramping, begging for water and asking for a doctor.

“The next day I left to sell a load of wood and Mrs. Patterson asked me to stop In town and bring her groceries^ and a poison to kill rats. I returned and never stopped the motor truck, left the articles and went on.

~ Brother-in-law On Stand.

“The truck bogged down and I had to turn back. When I returned to the Pattersons, Billie Fae was terribly sick and died three hours later.”

Over defense protests, Judge Berry yesterday permitted the admission of testimony concerning Billie Fae’s death. Mrs. Patterson is on trial for the death of Dorothy, but also is under indictment for murder, In the death of Billie Fae, also allegedly a poison victim.

The defense attempted to get McCasland to admit he was drunk the day before Dorothy died and the day she was burled, but he denied being intoxicated. He also denied giving to Annie Cooper, maid in the Patterson home then, part of a bottle of whisky.

Mrs. W. M. Mattingly of Commerce, a nurse, testified she attended Dorothy Friday night, Feb. 14, before. the child died the following Monday.

“I saw no medicine on the place but Mrs. Patterson told me she had given medicine and would continued to do so,” Mrs. Mattingly said.

~ Testifies to Exhumation Order

The practical nurse said she left the next morning (Feb. 15) and didn’t return until the child died; then to “sit up with the corpse.”

Justice of the Peace J. A. wyatt of Hopkins county testified concerning entering an order in his inquest book for exhumation of the body of Billie Fae March 16.

The last witness before the state rested was Mrs. Fred Patterson, who testified:

“Velma told me she was crazy about Jimmy Wallace and they were going to get married if they could.”

Defense Attorney Harris didn’t reveal which witnesses ho would call first. It was considered likely Mrs. Patterson would testify near the end of the defense case.

Through it all Mrs. Patterson sat quietly, her face as expressionless as it had been all through presentation of the state’s case, except when her former maid, Annie Cooper, had created a sensation by revealing the defendant was in love with Jimmie Wallace, a cattleman, and allegedly said she “would marry him. if it wasn’t for the children.”

Then, as her purported love affair was unfolded in the words of the maid, Mrs. Patterson leaned forward, listening intently to every word.

[“State Rests Case In Murder Trial Of Greenville Woman – Latest Love Affair Of Mrs. Velma Patterson Is Mentioned Again,” Corsicana Daily Sun (Tx.), Apr. 30, 1936, p. 1]


FULL TEXT (Article 3 of 4): Greenville, Texas, May 3. – Mrs. Velma Patterson, 34-year-old brunettw widow, was acquitted by a district court jury today on a charge that she had killed her daughter, Dorothy MacCasland, 12, by poisoning. Mrs. Patterson, who is also charged with murder in the death of another daughter, Billie Fae McCausland, shouted with joy as the jury verdict was announced.

Her mother, Mrs. L. W. Williams, who was at her side, also was overcome with happiness. Mrs. Patterson ran to the jury box and shook hands with the jurors after the verdict was returned.

The jury of twelve farmers had deliberated since 4:55 p. m. yesterday. The verdict was brought in at 3 p. m.

Mrs. Patterson was returned to her cell in the Hunt county jail after receiving congratulations of friends and relatives. She was smiling and speaking animatedly in sharp contrast to her downcast demeanor of yesterday when District Attorney Henry Pharr wound up his arguments before the jury by demanding the death penalty. At that time she broke down completely and sobbed audibly.

~ Future Plans Unknown.

Pharr was out of the city and there was no indication from the state as to whether the other charge against Mrs. Patterson would be pressed. Her local attorney, H. L. Carpenter, expressed the opinion that it would not, but was not ready to say what efforts would be made to release her from jail pending a decision. Mrs. Patterson said she would insist that her attorneys attempt to obtain her release on bond tomorrow. She was confident she would be freed.

“I will insist that my attorneys make every effort to obtain my release on bond tomorrow,” she said. “When I get out I will take my son (Junior McCasland) and go to the home of my sister, Mrs. Clara Purcelle, in El Paso for a long rest.”

Mrs. Patterson bitterly referred to witnesses who testified against her.

“The jury gave me acquittal but it didn’t give me back what I wanted most – that’s my babies. I loved them and lived for them. I wanted to rear them and make something of them.”

~ Only Four Ballots.

The jury, it was reported, stood 7 to 5 for acquittal on three ballots and returned its verdict on the fourth.

Mrs. Patterson has been in jail here since the bodies of the two children, who died early this year, were disinterred from the quiet little Pleasant Grove cemetery near Commerce last month. Death certificates of both Billie Fae and Dorothy stated that they had died of intestinal influenza, but the state contended that poison had been fatal to both. To support this claim, Dr. Landon G. Moore of Dallas testified as a state witness that he had found poison in the viscera of both children. He examined the viscera after the bodies were exhumed on recommendation of the grand jury.

The defense countered with withesses who testified that deep devotion existed between the mother and the daughter she was accused of poisoning. Mrs. Williams testified that under Mrs. Patterson’s encouragement the child professed religion last summer, joined the church and attended Sunday school. Mrs. Joe Stone, Commerce beauty shop operator, said Mrs. Patterson’s treatment of Dorothy was that of “devotion and outstanding love.” Several other witnesses declared that the mother was kind and affectionate toward the child.

The state also had offered testimony that the comely, thrice-married Mrs. Patterson was in love with a cattleman and wanted to marry him “if it wasn’t for the children.” The defense answered that the mother loved her children and had cried “oh, I wish it had been me” when Dorothy died.”

[“Jury Decides East Texas Woman Not Guilty of Murder - Mrs. Velma Patterson Exonerated in Alleged Poison Death of Her 12-Year-Old Daughter; Plans to Seek Immediate Release From Greenville Jail and Go to El Paso for Long Rest,” The Shreveport Times (La.), May 4, 1936, p. 11]


FULL TEXT (Article 4 of 4): Greenville, Texas, Nov. 18 – Illness of the principal state witness caused postponement today of the second trial of Mrs. Velma Patterson. Attractive widow of Commerce, Texas, who is accused of poisoning her two small daughters so that they would not interfere with her proposed marriage.

Mrs. Patterson was scheduled to go on trial today on charges of giving arsenic to her 11-year-old daughter, Billie Fae McCasland. She acquitted May 3 on charges in connection until next term of court when Dr. Landon C. Moore, Dallas chemist who examined Billie Fae’s body, was sick and unable to come to Greenville.

[“Postpone Poison Trial Monday At Greenville, Texas,” The Shreveport Times (La.), Nov. 17, 1936, p. 18]

[“Jury Decides East Texas Woman Not Guilty of Murder - Mrs. Velma Patterson Exonerated in Alleged Poison Death of Her 12-Year-Old Daughter; Plans to Seek Immediate Release From Greenville Jail and Go to El Paso for Long Rest,” The Shreveport Times (La.), May 4, 1936, p. 11]


NOTE: No reports have been discovered of the second trial, for the murder of Billie Fae. Presumably the prosecution quit the case. No charges were brought for the death of her husband. Bill Patterson, and no reports of an exhumation of his remains have been located as of this writing.


Her acquittal still did not exonerate Patterson in the public’s eye. “Everyone thought Velma was guilty,” Conrad said. (Dr. James Conrad, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Archivist)

[Chance A. Crane, “Velma Patterson – Mommie Dearest or Mother Superior?” In My Head, Sep. 13, 2010]