The crime scene monument was less than a 1/4 mile from where I lived as a child in Alfred, Maine. I never knew that much about it. Lots of rumors were passed down through the generations.. here's what our friends at Wikipedia has to say:
"On July 24, 1816, Old Bet was killed while on tour near Alfred, Maine by local farmer Daniel Davis who shot her, and was later convicted of the crime. While many people believe that the farmer thought it was sinful for people to pay to see an animal, another suspected reason is jealousy."
Can you spot the outlines of Maine in the design?