Justine Moritz who had been adopted by the Frankenstein family after being abandoned by her mother, was accused of killing William, Victor's younger brother. A locket that William had was found in Justine's pocket and she had slept outside of the town walls the after William was killed. Although she is innocent, she admitted to the murder because the priest threatened her with hell if she did not admit to the crime. Victor is sure the murder was actually committed by the monster, yet he says nothing about its creation and really does nothing to save Justine. His justification is:
"I was absent when it was committed, and such a declaration would have been considered as the ravings of a madman and would not have exculpated her who suffered through me."
Because of her confession, she is hanged for the murder, much to the distress of both Elizabeth and Victor.