The trial of ‘the woman who couldn’t cry’

The recent murder case involving the death of three-year-old Marcus Fiesel has managed to attract national attention. This is very similar to a 1952 murder case that was tried in Clermont County Common Pleas Court. This is the second part of a two-part story about the Dovie Dean murder trial.

During the trial, Dovie Dean became nationally famous as “The woman who couldn’t cry.” She was described as displaying “grim silence, not smiling or crying.”

When she was sent to the Lima State Prison to be tested for insanity because of her lack of reaction in court, she was declared sane after about one month’s stay. The psychiatrists made note that Mrs. Dean “doesn’t feel because she can’t.”

It was determined she had poisoned her husband four times by putting Zip Rat Poison in his milk each of the four times. Zip Rat Poison was described as “a clear liquid commercial rat poison containing arsenic.” When the county sheriff’s department searched the Dean farm the rat poison was found hidden in the coal shed. Not many years ago this writer found the bottle of Zip Rat Poison used as evidence in the basement of the old courthouse.