“Maine Mothers Who Murdered 1875 —1925: Doing Time in State Prison” reveals the untold stories of over 30 mothers who ended the lives of their children. Primary source excerpts from the often-sensational newspaper coverage of their desperate dilemmas and vivid trial accounts enhance their stories. Why would anyone be interested long after these crimes? Not only were they sensational and disturbing events, but they also are an unknown part of our history revealing aspects of our early criminal justice system and our culture, as stated in a news release. Dorey studied the mothers’ marital status, extra-marital relationships and economic struggles. The mothers ranged in age from 18 to 53 and came from 12 of Maine’s 16 counties. They fell equally into four categories: single, married, estranged and widowed. Their victims ranged from newborns to 13 years old. Their sentences to hard labor varied from one year to life in prison. Maine author Annette Vance Dorey tells about their family life, as well as their all-male judges, juries and attorneys, whose biographical sketches counterbalance the women’s lives.