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Chester GILLETTE

 
 
 

 

This is a family portrait of Chester's family taken for a Salvation Army newspaper in 1900.

Chester's family was actively involved with the Salvation Army traveling throughout
the west. While the other family members wore Salvation Army-issued uniforms,
Chester (top center) stood out by wearing a three-piece suit, a clear sign that
he did not approve of his family's activities. 

 

 

Chester attended Oberlin Academy from the fall of 1901 to the summer of 1903. While there,
he was the captain of the Academy's basketball team. The number '08 on the ball represents
the fact that Chester was in the class of 1908, which ironically would be the year
of his execution.

 

 

This photo of Chester was taken at Little York Lake, near Cortland, NY, probably by Harriet
Benedict, one of his rumored girlfriends on their Fourth of July outing. He frequently came
 here with his friends during the two summers he spent in Cortland prior to Grace's
death and his trial.

 

 

Chester Gillette

 

 

The Gillette Skirt Company on Miller Street in Cortland where Grace Brown and Chester
Gillette first met. Chesterís uncle owned the factory. Today the building is home
to Wernick L. and Sons Supply Co. Inc.

 

 

Arrowhead Lodge on Fourth Lake in Inlet, New York. This is where Chester Gillette
checked in after he walked from the drowning site on Big Moose Lake.

 

 

This is a photo from an old newspaper from 1906 depicting the trial of Chester Gillette.
The caption reads "Gillette's trial is of absorbing interest to women." This fact was
true because many women went to the trial, partly because of the fact that
some of them were attracted to Chester.

 

 

 

 

The New York Times on Jan. 27, 2008, reported on the publication of The Prison Diary and
Letters of Chester Gillette
, by Hamilton's Richard W. Couper Press.

The book reveals the private thoughts of Chester Gillette, convicted murderer of his
pregnant lover Grace Brown in the Adirondacks in 1906. The diary was written
while he awaited his execution at Auburn State Prison in 1907-1908.

 

 

The diary written by Chester Gillette is displayed at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.
Monday, Jan. 21, 2008.

Gillette killed his pregnant lover Grace Brown on an Adirondack lake in July 1906, setting
in motion events that would lead to his execution in the electric chair two years
later _ and unwittingly bring the couple immortality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These file photographs, originally supplied by the Herkimer County Historical Society, show
Chester Gillette, left, and Grace Brown from Gilette's 1906 murder trial.

Gillette was convicted and put to death for the murder of Brown, his pregnant lover, on
July 11, 1906, in New York's Adirondack Mountains. The case inspired the novel, "An
American Tragedy," by Theodore Dreiser, a film, an opera, TV programs,
songs and true crime books.

 

The victim

 

Grace (top center) attended school in a one-room schoolhouse about half a mile from her house.
This is a class photo taken around 1902 when she was 16.

 

 

This is the famous portrait of Grace Brown, the woman whose murder in 1906 inspired the classic
Theodore Dreiser novel, "An American Tragedy" and the movie "A Place in the Sun."

 

 

Grace's home in South Otselic taken on the day of her funeral. The funeral took place four days
after her murder at Big Moose Lake on July 11, 1906. By then, Chester was already taken
into custody by Herkimer County officials.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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