Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Story Behind The Movie: "Arsenic and Old Lace"

This is a great old fashion Halloween movie to watch this time of year. Even if it "old". It's fun and scary (not too scary) at the same time. Love Cary Grant.
But there is an actual story behind the title. As in the movie it's based on a woman (in the movie "women") who murder old men. The "real" story is about Amy Archer-Gilligan who ran a nursing home in Newington, Conn.  The murders happened between 1910-17.  Authorities believed it was a total of 48 people to be exact. The name of the facility was "Sister Amy's Nursing Home for the Elderly". The story went nation wide due to an articles written by The Hartford Courant starting May 9, 1916. The articles were called "Murder Factory".
On June 18, 1917 she was found guilty and declared insane.


  1. Very interesting. I loved that movie as well when I first see it. Knowing the "history" sheds a new light on it.

  2. Wonder if the place is still there?

  3. Apparently it is, converted into apartments.

  4. Really? Now that's interesting to find out if the residents there are effected by anything paranormal.

  5. david

    Really? No,its not quite right. It happened in Windsor CT, not Newington. She was found Guilty and sentenced to hang. She was held in the state prison in Wethersfield CT. The Supreme Court overturned the convection,she was retried and found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. She was later judged insane and transferred to the hospital in Middletown CT. She died there in 1962,I think.

  6. There is so much information out there. That any of these "stories" can be the one. Like I said, I'm here just for discussions.