Mary Mallon, a young Irish immigrant, arrived in America during the latter part of the 19th century and worked as a servant and cook for several wealthy families. From Long Island to the Jersey Shore, the fiery Irish lass served up a "killer" peach ice cream! Medical science had not yet fully understood that microbes were the root cause and spread of deadly disease. Typhoid fever was rampant among the poor, but when wealthy families started reporting death from typhoid, the hunt was on for the perpetrator!
Though many have heard the phrase, "here comes Typhoid Mary," who really knows who she was? The details of her life significantly impact our own - details of how we deal socially, morally and judiciously with individual liberties and contagion. While Ms. Mallon was a healthy woman, she was diagnosed to have been a carrier of the typhoid bacteria that spread like wildfire to the recipients of her tasty meals and desserts. Illness, suffering and death were left in her wake during the early years of the 20th century. Unlike Lizzie Borden, who was accused of a crime that was clearly seen, there was no visible or physical connection to Mary's "so-called" crimes. Mary was forced, against her will, to live the rest of her life in an asylum, sequestered from the world until the day of her death. Like Lizzie, she carries her story from the grave, hoping to convince her audience of her innocence and wrongful imprisonment. Also like Lizzie, Mary didn't go down without a fight! Mary Mallon and the characters in her story are every bit as interesting and zany as those in Lizzie's true life story! Presentation by Decotique.