On Thursday, November 21, 1912, popular and pretty 18-year-old Ella Barham was raped, murdered, and dismembered in broad daylight near her home in rural Boone County, Arkansas. The brutal crime sent shockwaves through the Ozarks and made national news. Authorities swiftly charged a neighbor, Odus Davidson, with the crime. Locals were determined that he be convicted, and threats of mob violence ran so high that he had to be jailed in another county to ensure his safety. But was there enough evidence to prove his guilt? If so, had he acted alone? What was his motive?
Discover the truth as Remembering Ella leads you through the last day of Ella Barham's life, her disappearance and the resulting search, the finding of her body, the suspects' arrests, the inquests, and the indictment.
Take a front-row seat in the packed courtroom in Harrison, Arkansas, where more than 35 witnesses testify at Odus Davidson's trial while a seething mob clamors for justice outside.
Follow the attorneys as they appeal the case to the Arkansas Supreme Court in Little Rock and to the U.S. Supreme Court. Return to Harrison for Davidson's public hanging, and then learn of the aftermath that ensued.