Murder On The Menu - Anna Marie Hahn

By Queen City History & Ed. (other events)

2 Dates Through Aug 20, 2020

Anna Marie Hahn immigrated from Bavaria, Germany in the late 1920s. She married a working-class Cincinnatian, opened a bakery and briefly settled into traditional American domesticity; but Anna hated the long hours working in a bakery, grew bored of her husband, and staked out a differnt path. She became a "home nurse," providing services for elderly men in Over-the-Rhine. Patients found her physical beauty and charm endearing, but the relationships usually ended tragically. Anna's patients had a bad habit of dropping dead and a curious propensity for leaving her all of their worldly possessions. Although she was well into a successful killing spree at the time, Anna was not under suspicion by Cincinnati Police until a diamond theft and a corpse in Colorado began unraveling the crimes of a serial killer. Tried and convicted of murder in Cincinnati, Anna Marie Hahn became the first woman in the U.S. to die in the electric chair in 1938.

 Many of the basic facts of Anna Marie Hahn's life and crimes are uncontroverted, but other aspects of Hahn's life are more contentious. People disagree over the number of her victims, what caused her to come to the U.S. -- opportunity vs. fleeing a possible murder charge -- and most notably, what motivated this fun-loving German girl to commit a string of heartless homicides. Murder On The Menu, Anna Marie Hahn, unravels the facts and explores the mysteries of this enigmatic killer over a four-course menu to die for with wine pairings selected by the Wine Cellar at Longworth Hall.