After her conviction, in her final statement, she told the jurors, Wal, Ill die with my boots on, an in full health. An thats moren most of you old cootsll be able to boast on. She would remain defiant to the end.
Dugan gave interviews to the press for $1.00 each and sold embroidered handkerchiefs she knitted while imprisoned to pay for her own coffin. She also made for her hanging a silk, beaded "jazz dress", but later relented and wore a cheap dress as she was worried that her silk wrapper "might get mussed." She remained upbeat, so much so that Time magazine called her "Cheerful Eva" in a March 3, 1930 story about her execution.
I did not know about the five husbands. I went to school with a girl who killed two husbands in the small town in which I was raised. She was abused by both. She got away with the first one. Shot him accidentally while cleaning her loaded shotgun. Then...she killed the second one...cleaning her loaded shotgun. Sheriff arrested her for that one. She served many years. Lives in Arizona now. Never remarried. Thank goodness.