The murder of prostitute Helen Jewett, 1836
The murder of prostitute Helen Jewett attracted a lot of media attention in 19th century. Her father was an alcoholic and her mother died when she was little.
She worked as a servant girl in the home of Chief Justice Nathan Weston of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. While there, she developed into a sexually assertive young woman, and upon reaching the age of 18 left the Weston home at the first opportunity.
She moved to Portland, Maine, where she worked as a prostitute under an assumed name. She subsequently moved to Boston and finally New York under a succession of fake names. On April 10 she was murdered by one of her repeat costumer, 19 year old Richard P. Robinson.