|Jim Wright with Dmitri Hvorostovsky (left); in rehearsal for Alice Ryley (right)|
Legend has it that Alice and her purported lover, Richard White, worked as indentured servants assigned to William Wise—a crotchety disgraced aristocrat who had manipulated his passage to the New World, where he homesteaded a cattle farm on Hutchinson Island. Among the servants’ many duties was bathing the sickly Wise and washing his long, greasy hair. Fed up with their demeaning tasks, Alice and Richard strangled Wise with his own lackluster locks before drowning him. They were captured before they could escape through the marsh. The two were jailed and later hanged at the gallows in Wright Square—but not before Alice gave birth to a baby boy.
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