How can anyone gaze upon this picture and not see the pain in Addie's eyes? Look at the body language. Look at her face. Look at her haggard expression. Addie married Enoch in February 1896. She was 22; he was 46. She'd be dead five years later. According to Enoch's granddaughter (Mary Wilson), Enoch killed Addie so that he could marry another woman ("History of Lake Mills," 1983). One thing we *do* know - Addie did not die of diphtheria, as is stated on her death certificate. See below for more info.
There's no doubt that life with Enoch took a toll on Addie.
And why would a woman - who prided herself on her appearance - send this photo to her brother-in-law in Denver? I am confident she wanted them to know what was happening to her in Lake Mills.
Addie: Before and After Enoch. The photo on the right was taken five years after her marriage to Enoch. She was 29 years old, and she'd be dead soon after this photo was taken. Look at her receding hairline and swollen lower lip. Her "cupid's bow" is now misaligned, and there's pronounced puffiness under her right eye.
It's nearly inconceivable that this woman could end up dead at 29, buried in a shallow grave. Her life started with so much promise and potential.
How do we know Addie did not die of diphtheria (as is stated on her death certificate)? Click here.
To learn more about Addie’s death, click here.
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