Louise Peete Judson was born in Bienville, Louisiana on the 20th September 1883 and lived a life of crime, despite benefiting from an expensive education and a cultured upbringing.

In 1912 Peete was accused of murdering her then boyfriend Joe Appel, but was acquitted on the grounds of self-defence. Yet eight years later she was found guilty of the murder of Jacob Charles Denton who was shot dead in Los Angeles. For this Peete served 18
years in California’s Tehachapi Prison before her release on parole in 1939. Then on the 30th May 1944 she murdered her social worker, Margaret Logan. Peete had been living with Logan and her husband at the time.

Peete was convicted of murder in the first degree and was executed in San Quentin’s gas chamber on the 11th April 1947.

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  • Title: Louise Peete
  • Creator: Robert Priseman
  • Date: 2014
  • Physical Dimensions: w15 x h18 cm (without frame)
  • Period: 21st Century
  • Type: Drawing
  • Medium: graphite on paper