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A theme quickly emerges in the list, which was published on Usvsth3m.com, showing how women in particular were at the mercy of their husbands and families.
'Marriage of son', 'desertion by husband' and 'domestic trouble' all stand out as examples of inequality masked by a very different attitude to women's rights between 1864 to 1889, when the list was compiled.
'In 1872 ... if [a woman's] husband had a mistress or if she had inherited money ... he could bring her here,' a guide at the former asylum told the Los Angeles Times.
'He could sign her in and leave her until he decided to come back and get her - or until she died, whichever came first.'
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