Friday, March 16, 2012

This Day in History March 16, 1881

I found this story really something.  It just so happens that on this date in 1881 that Francisco "Chico" Forster (40) was shot to death by 18-year-old Lastania Abarta.  Forster was one of the most eligible bachelors in L.A., and the story goes that he promised to marry Abarta.  They went to a hotel, and they made love (she lost her virginity).  Of course, he didn't appear at the church, and Abarta and her sister tried to persuade him.  He got out of the cab--there was no way he was going to head to the church.  She pulled out a gun and shot him in the eye.

In the 1880's, America was obsessed with "female hysteria."  Her defense was that she lost her virtue to this man and went mad.  A jury comprised of all men took 20 minutes to acquit her.  Amazing!  I have to say that I do not agree.  She should have gone to jail, in my opinion.  This defense wouldn't work in this day and age.

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