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Billie Ducette
"Billie" in 1932
Wilhelmina "Billie" Ducette
Portrayed by Tessa Thompson
Episode Best Friends
Status Deceased (1932)

Wilhelmina Ducette, amicably referred to as "Billie" by those close to her, was a young, but spunky, habitué of Doc Windsor's bar in 1932, which been operating as an underground distributor of alcohol with almost exclusively African-American clientele. It was there that she met Rose Collins, sister of Curtis Collins, who provided the alcohol for the bar with his unsuspecting pickup.

Though Rose and Billie initially feuded at the bar, which culminated in Billie callously chugging the beverage Rose had paid for and instructing her to leave, they eventually met after the bar incident and reconciled. Their friendship grew stronger, as evidenced by Billie reading her poetry to Rose outside her school, and Billie eventually revealed that she was a lesbian and attracted to Rose (though not in so many words). However, Rose was not averse to these advances and told her she felt the same.

Curtis, however, eventually unearthed their "unholy" romance and was livid. This escalated into a violent confrontation between him and Rose, and Rose and Billie were eventually forced to flee in the pickup to escape Curtis's unabating fury and aggression. An incensed Curtis soon followed suit and drove off, tailing them closely with a rifle in hand. Curtis relentlessly opened fire on their increasingly swerving vehicle. Soon enough, the two taboo lovers were checkmated when Curtis cornered them into driving over a bridge that was closed for maintenance. Unable to drive forward or face an angry, armed Curtis, Rose and Billie drove the pickup over the edge of the bridge into the unforgiving waters below. Billie unfortunately died while Rose survived (unbeknownst to Curtis). Rose then made it to New York on her own.

In 2005, 73 years later, Billie's case was reopened (albeit as a Jane Doe at first) when the decades-old pickup was hauled out of the Delaware River, and the detectives found an unidentified skeleton inside. Scotty Valens expertly deduced that the car was made before 1935 by the make and design of the car's headlights, and the detectives first believed the corpse belonged to Rose after hearing the testimony of the now geriatric Curtis, as he was evidently unaware his sister had survived. With the help of forensics expert Dr. Frannie Ching, the homicide squad eventually determined Billie's true identity and her love story with Rose. No arrests were made and her death was presumably documented as accidental or a suicide.

Notes[]

  • Billie's case was the oldest case to date until it was shattered by the cases of Violet Polley, murdered in 1929, and Frances Stone, murdered in 1919. 
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