Bread & Butter the Murders of Polly Frisch

By Cindy Amrhein & Ellen Lea Bachorski

True crime, Biography & memoir, General non-fiction | Paperback, Hardback, eBook


In 1856, in the rural town of Alabama, NY one woman's family suffered from multiple unexplained deaths. The town folk grew suspicious of the now remarried Polly Frisch. An investigation commenced, bodies were exhumed, an affair—exposed. Polly would be arrested for the murders of her first husband and daughters. Her fourteen-year-old son would testify against her. If found guilty, the punishment for such a crime was the gallows. Would Polly be the first woman in Genesee County history to be hanged for murder? Bread & Butter is the true story of Polly Frisch who poisoned her family with arsenic and the five trials it took to convict her.



Cindy Amrhein was the Historian for the town of Alabama, NY from 1997 to 2007. She wrote her first book "Bread & Butter The Murders of Polly Frisch" published in 2000, with her good friend, Ellen Lea Bachorski. The story has been given a new life by publishing a revised, updated 2nd edition in 2014. She now lives in Wyoming County, NY where she served as Assistant County Historian since 2007, and became County Historian in June of 2015. She frequently publishes in the historian's quarterly "Historical Wyoming." After working for ten years as a freelance abstractor for a title search company, Cindy changed her focus to title searching only historic properties and Native American land. From 2004 to 2006 Cindy was a weekly columnist for a Native American newspaper in northern New York State, "The Akwesasne Phoenix Sundays" (now out of print) under the pen name of HistorySleuth, the handle she still uses online. She is a founding member of the Government Appointed Historians of Western New York. When she's not doing land research in the clerk's office or writing historical true crime, you can find her plotting out murder mysteries. She often posts snippets of her current writing on her blog http://historysleuth.blogspot.com/. She recently released her second book on the subject of Native American land rights titled, "A History of Native American Land Rights in Upstate New York," published by The History Press (US) in March of 2016.


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Cindy Amrhein was the Historian for the town of Alabama, NY from 1997 to 2007. She wrote her first book "Bread & Butter The Murders of Polly Frisch" published in 2000, with her good friend, Ellen Lea Bachorski. The story has been given a new life by publishing a revised, updated 2nd edition in 2014. She now lives in Wyoming County, NY where she served as Assistant County Historian since 2007, and...


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