From R. Barri Flowers, an award-winning criminologist and best-selling author of Murder of the Horse Trainer’s Rival, Murderess on the Loose, Murder at the Pencil Factory, and Murder of the Doctor’s Wife, comes the thought-provoking historical true-crime audio short Killer of Her Husband’s Secretary: The 1935 Love Triangle Ire of Etta Reisman.
On the morning of August 14, 1935, Virginia Seigh, an attractive 23-year-old secretary, was shot and killed as she stood in the driveway of a home in Queens, New York. Her murderer was Mrs. Etta Reisman, the 35-year-old wife of Arthur Reisman, a 42-year-old well-to-do owner of a beauty salon chain.
The previous day, Reisman had confessed to his wife he had fallen in love with Miss Seigh - his secretary, who had resided with the Reismans for seven years - and wanted a separation. This did not set well with Etta, who felt totally betrayed by her husband and their house guest, causing her to snap and go on a shooting frenzy.
Along with Reisman himself, also witnessing the shocking homicide was his daughter from an earlier marriage, Annette Reisman. The 23-year-old was injured when she attempted to take the gun from the unhinged shooter.
Etta Reisman was arrested and charged with murder in this classic case of a love triangle that ended tragically for all parties concerned. The embittered wife turned vengeful killer was convicted of the crime of violence, resulting in a stunning and controversial action the judge set in motion.
The heartbreaking tale of Etta Reisman has endured through the decades as, sadly, many others have followed the same path of jealous rage as an often impulsive and deadly response to being wronged, paying an even greater price themselves in the final analysis.
Bonus material includes a chapter from the author’s best-selling true-crime work Serial Killer Couples and excerpts from the author’s true-crime anthologies Murder and Menace and Murder Chronicles.