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crossa Detroit News, April 28, 1931. Basically I think the judge is telling her to go through the conventional legal channel of killing the old bastard and having a jury set her free.

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The Baltimore African-American, June 1, 1929. No Driving Miss Daisy headlines here at The Hope Chest, as befits a class joint what I are tryin’ to run here. Scandal continues over the jump, plus there’s a novel mutation to our fungible friend, the Unwritten Law. Read More »

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Detroit News, April 29, 1931. It used to be standard practice in adultery-related divorce suits for the cheated-upon parties to sue the third party for “alienation of affections.” Essentially the seducer or seductress had robbed of them of a lifetime of lovin’, and they were entitled to cash compensation for that loss. But then it was ultimately up to a judge or jury to determine how much all that lovin’ was worth. What were the criteria? In the above case, the jury is implicitly measuring love by the pound. But there had to be hurt feelings to go around when an award came back $30K light. Even the new possessor of the runaway spouse has to feel insulted on some level, even if he or she is catching a huge financial break

But then there’s this other case to consider, from Detroit News, March 19, 1931: Read More »

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Chicago Tribune, November 23, 1922. Acid, typically a weapon of the streets, dissolves an upper-class marriage. Read More »

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Detroit News, May 21, 1931. Here’s a creative couple who tried extending the “swear jar” principle to his wife-beating impulses. Somehow this failed to save their relationship. Go figure.

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Detroit News, April 4, 1931. Mariticidal humor enlivened by reference to our “Bridge Widow”, Myrtle Bennett. Nevada had recently lowered its residency requirement for divorces to six weeks, the national norm being one year. That’s why Reno becomes Mecca for divorce-seekers. God knows how many husbands unwittingly dodged a bullet thanks to this vital social safety valve.