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Margaret Murchison Hossack
Birth: Nov. 19, 1843
Death: Aug. 25, 1916

Alleged Murderess. She was considered the "Lizzie Borden of Iowa." She was accused of killing her husband, John Hossack, with an ax while he was sleeping in his bed. She claimed that she had been sleeping next to him at the time of the murder but that she had not heard a thing. Despite her claims of innocence, she was charged with the murder. In one of the most sensational murder trials in Iowa history, she was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. The conviction was overturned on appeal and she was tried for a second time. This time, the trial ended with a hung verdict with 9 jurors voting for her guilt and 3 voting not guilty. She was not tried a third time and no one was ever convicted of the crime. She was buried in the family plot next to the husband that she was accused of murdering. The murder and trials are depicted in the book Midnight Assassin. (bio by: Anonymous) 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  John Hossack (1841 - 1900)*
 
 Children:
  Anna J Hossack Henry (1870 - 1933)*
  Donald Hossack (1872 - 1872)*
  Margaret Hossack Kemp (1877 - 1909)*
  Martha Mae Hossack Coulter (1880 - 1956)*
  James N Hossack (1884 - 1949)*
  Ivan W Hossack (1887 - 1952)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
New Virginia Cemetery
New Virginia
Warren County
Iowa, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Anonymous
Record added: Oct 15, 2005
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