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Screening "A Roadhouse Coup"

Matinee Screening of "A Roadhouse Coup"

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Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center 24 Market Street Oneonta, NY 13820

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  • 2 hours
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Oneonta, New York. 1925-1935. A bustling Railroad Community during the time of Prohibition and Prosperity, this combination would provide the perfect opportunity for local entrepreneur and brothel owner; EVA COO.

Eva was a boisterous and witty woman, able to seduce and swindle many an unsuspecting gentleman out of his money, property and Insurance policies.

A most unfortunate scenario for one Harry “Gimpy” Wright.

Harry was a somewhat “simple” man whom Eva provided room and board to in exchange for a portion of his inheritance. When Eva discovered that Gimpy had spent a good deal of the money, she grew angry with him and his value decreased significantly.

To no one’s surprise, Eva was listed as the benefactor on Gimpy’s life insurance policy, and so she hatched a plan to kill him and collect.

On June 14th. 1934, Eva and her partner in crime, Martha Clift asked Gimpy to ride along and help them with an odd job on Crumhorn Mountain. Once out of the car, Eva hit him in the head with a heavy mallet, knocking him unconscious. The women then drove over his body several times until he was dead. Unfortunately, their perfect plan did not play out as they had hoped. Suspicions arose and an investigation ensued.

Eva was arrested, tried and convicted in Otsego County Court in August 1934.

She was sentenced to death by electric chair and was executed on June 27th. 1935.