The Maid and the Socialite: The Brave Women Behind Green Bay's Scandalous Minahan Trials

Written by:
Lynda Drews
Narrated by:
Megan Trout

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
December 2023
10 hours 29 minutes
In the shadows of progress, two women's stories were erased. Until now.

What if a respected surgeon could destroy your life with just one diagnosis?

In early twentieth century Green Bay, Wisconsin, this terrifying reality was all too true for two women. Mary, an illiterate maid, and Mollie, a college-educated socialite, fell victim to the physical violence and mental abuse of celebrated surgeon Dr. John R. Minahan. To silence them, he claimed they had the shameful and dreaded disease of syphilis.

This is the first full account ever written about Dr. Minahan, whose wealth built a college stadium, science hall, and six-story office building-all named for him-while history lost, or perhaps erased, Mary's and Mollie's heroic stories. Until now.

Eerily mirroring contemporary debates around gender equality, misinformation, and wealth disparity, this tale remains alarmingly relevant. It is a story of power, abuse, and the tireless pursuit of justice. Delve into this haunting yet inspiring historical tale to uncover the forgotten stories of Mary and Mollie, two courageous women who dared to stand up against a powerful adversary.
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I thought the story was very interesting. I’m familiar with many names in the story with the names of the streets throughout Green Bay. I had no idea this happened until someone shared her thoughts about the new book she read.

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