It was a scandal that rocked America. The story of a lonely woman, her murdered husband and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death. But just what was it about Walburga Oesterreich’s tale that captured the country’s imagination?
Walburga Korschel – who went by the name of Dolly in the U.S. – was born in Germany in 1880 before emigrating to America, where she grew up on an impoverished farm in the Midwest. When she was in her early 20s she met Fred Oesterreich, a wealthy business owner.