White widow

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White widow

Post by Dana » Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:12 am

Has anyone else seen the movie/play,of Chicago? My current read is "ugly prey" by emilie lucchessi. Remember the Hungarian lady who kept saying "not guilty"? She was actually based on an Italian farm wife named Isabella nitti. She was convicted of murdering her husband frank not to-no known relation to the mobster. She was sentenced to death, but the sentence was later overturned. Anyway, in Italy, a white widow was a woman whose husband went to America to earn money. A place was usually set at the table for the absent husband.

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Re: White widow

Post by cowgirl » Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:45 am

I never heard of her or her famous line. Interesting!
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Re: White widow

Post by wildwest » Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:37 pm

Thank you Dana...I knew of 'black widow' but had not heard of 'white widow' you are constantly teaching me new words
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Re: White widow

Post by Dana » Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:33 am

Thank you, guys! I have heard of a grass widow before. It could be a discarded mistress-think greensleeves! It could also be a wife whose husband left her for "greener pastures". A California widow was a wife whose husband had temporarily-or not-left to make his fortune in the gold rush or the west.

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Re: White widow

Post by cowgirl » Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:52 am

cowgirl wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:45 am
I never heard of her or her famous line. Interesting!
To me this is the same thing as pleading the 5th. :sillycowboy: Did they not have the 5th Amendment then?
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Re: White widow

Post by Dana » Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:08 pm

"Not guilty" is the defendant saying he or she did not do the crime for which he or she has been accused. "Taking the fifth" is when a person refuses to answer questions for fear of getting in trouble.

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