Briefly, Mrs. Bradley

Chivalry, as a social system, has fewer genuine advantages for women than equality does, but one that it does offer is the occasional free murder.

In 1906, Mrs. Annie Bradley shot Senator Arthur Brown of Utah, who had indeed treated her quite badly, and even put it in writing. This perhaps influenced the jury to return a verdict of “not guilty.” The above melodramatic illustration, together with the accompanying article, blames her for the 1915 murder of one of her sons by another. But Mrs. Bradley, however unhappy, did not die as a tragedy queen; she opened an antique shop and died in 1950, far from the heavy fumes of the Edwardian era.