In 1922, Lillian Knox ran one of the largest lumber companies in the state of Texas. She was known for her business savvy, her take charge attitude and her acts of kindness to the timber families who worked hard to make the company a success. The Lady Bountiful loved the attention and praise she received for her generosity. But in 1922, she received attention from investigators who felt her husband’s sudden death, allegedly of suicide, was suspicious. This wouldn’t be the only mystery Lillian would be associated with. Lillian would be questioned in the 1937 murder of her mother in law, Mary Knox. A prison stint and years of bizarre behavior would lead to Lillian losing the entire fortune she inherited from Hiram Knox. She died in a mental hospital in 1966. Not a single living relative attended her burial.
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