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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 16, 1912, Image 10',
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NEGRESS PAYS PENALTY
Richmond, Va., Aug. 16. Vir
ginia Christian, the 21-year-old
negro girl who murdered Mrs.
Ida Belote, paid the penalty for
her crime in the electric chair at
7:23 o'clock this morning.
She was the first woman to suf
' fer capital punishment in the
state of Virginia.
Before leaving for the death
chamber, the negress confessed
to the murder and said' that .her
motive had been robbery.
Virginia Christian worked for
Mrs. Belote at Hampton, Va., as
a washerwoman. Mrs. Belote was
72 years old, a frail and delicate
Last March, Mrs. Belote repri
manded the Christian girl for
negligence in her work. The ne
gress attacked her with a poker
and beat her to death. When the
body was found, the head, should
ers and neck of the old woman
were a mass of open wounds. Not
satisfied with this, the negress
had torn off her employer's hair,
and with a towel stuffed it down
The Christian girl hid the
bleeding body in a back room of
the Belote home. It was found by
Mrs. Belote's daughter.
Virginia Christian was sus
pected, and arrested. She -confessed,
and said she had com
mitted the crime in self-defense.
This plea was utterly disproved at
the trial by complete circumstan
The negress was condemned to
death. She claimed to be only 17.
Doctors proved that her age was
at least 21.
Neat and well educated, the ne
gress gave no sign of the brutal
temper which drove her to the
crime after her arrest. She refus
ed all religious consolation, and
went to the chair quite clamly.
Pressure was brought on Gov.
Mann to induce him to commute
the sentence of the negress to life
imprisonment. Most of the pleas
were basedNm the grounds that
she would be the first woman to
be executed in Virginia.
Mann granted the negress a
two weeks' reprieve, but refused
absolutely to be swayed by senti
mentality and commute the death
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