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Alice Mitchell was an American murderer. On January 25, 1892 Mitchell cut the throat of her lover, Freda Ward.[1] Mitchell was subsequently found insane my means of a jury inquisition and placed in a psychiatric hospital.[2] The case received unprecedented media coverage and drew discussion of lesbianism into public light.[3] The case influenced the popular literature of the era which began to depict lesbians as "murderous" and "masculine".[4]

The case history produced by Mitchell's defense describes her as "a regular tomboy".[5]

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