Background on Trifles
On December 2, 1900, John Hossack, a 60-year-old farmer, was murdered in his bed around midnight. The attacker hit him on the head with an axe while his wife slept beside him. The police ruled out theft as a motive because nothing was stolen from the house. Mrs. Hossack was the prime suspect because she claimed that she was asleep while her husband was attacked.
In the trial that followed the investigation, the court judged Mrs. Hossack guilty of the crime. But a year later, the court found that she was unfairly convicted and released her