Fannie Crawford McCue

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Fannie Crawford McCue

Francis McNutt “Fannie” (Crawford) McCue (June 1, 1859 - September 4, 1904), aged 45, was born in Mount Sidney, Augusta County to Dr. William McClung Crawford and Rachel Grigsby McChesney. She married James Samuel McCue on November 4, 1886 and had four children: James William "Willie," Samuel Overton, Ruby Grigsby and Harry Moon.

Her husband, a successful attorney, three time Mayor of Charlottesville and known womanizer, was found guilty of her murder. He was hanged for her murder on February 10, 1905. The story of the murder and jury trial of her husband was covered extensively in the the local daily newspaper. The trail verdict was published the New York Times..[1]

The McCue Murder: Complete Story of the Crime and the Famous Trial of the Ex-mayor (1904), published by reporters James H. Lindsay and John S. Patton shortly after the case reached its conclusion, can be found online at

Interment was at Riverview Cemetery.

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  1. EX-MAYOR M'CUE GUILTY, DEATH PENALTY FIXED; Virginia Jury Renders Quick Verdict in Wife Murder Case. LEGAL BATTLE TO SAVE HIM Another Trial Asked on Ground That Jurors Read Newspapers -- Accused Read Testament and Wept., November 6, 1904, Page 12 The New York Times Archives

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