The idea of a criminal record originated in the early seventeenth century when the magistrates of the Massachusetts Bay Colony began recording dates, places, victims and criminals. Despite, or perhaps because of, the strict code of the Puritans, some early settlers earned quite the rap sheet that landed them either in the stocks or at the end of a noose. With biting wit anThe idea of a criminal record originated in the early seventeenth century when the magistrates of the Massachusetts Bay Colony began recording dates, places, victims and criminals. Despite, or perhaps because of, the strict code of the Puritans, some early settlers earned quite the rap sheet that landed them either in the stocks or at the end of a noose. With biting wit and an eye for the macabre, local author Robert Wilhelm traces the first documented cases of murder and mayhem in Essex County, Massachusetts. Discover the story of Hannah Duston's revenge on her Abenaki Indian captors, why the witchcraft hysteria hung over Salem and Andover and how Rachel Wall made her living as a pirate. Decide for yourself whether the accused are guilty or if history lends itself to something else entirely....
|Title||:||Murder & Mayhem in Essex County|
|Number of Pages||:||125 Pages|
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Murder & Mayhem in Essex County Reviews
This little book packs a mighty wallop, looking at notable crime in Essex County, Massachusetts, proving the Puritans who helped found this country in the 1600s weren't that pure.A woman poisons her son's wife because she didn't like her.There's the Salem Witch Trials (you'll learn something, don't worry).Meet Hannah Duston (Dustin, Dustan)who killed a raiding party of Indians while they slept to make it back to Haverhill, from which she was kidnapped in 1697. Duston is the first woman honored in the United States with a statue.A Salem merchant is killed by his son-in-law before he can change his will.For my Cape Ann pals, there's a chapter on the pirates of Cape Ann, one of whom was a woman and the last woman executed in the state in 1879.It moves on to a Rockport murder and a sad tale of how love gone wrong marred the grand opening of Essex Town Hall.This book just goes to show the more things change, the more they stay the same.
The audience for Murder and Mayhem in Essex County is by no means limited to those who live in and around Essex County. Some of the stories involve people, places, and events that are familiar to almost anyone, such as the Salem witch trials (although Wilhelm also explores the many other cases of witchcraft that occurred in the area). Those stories that involve people who are less well known are intriguing in their own right, so anyone interested in early American crime will thoroughly enjoy reading this book.
In his book “Murder & Mayhem in Essex Country”, Robert Wilhelm gives us fourteen short stories on the macabre, but interesting history of northeastern Massachusetts. I have lived in Essex County for my whole life and I knew very few of these stories. I recommend this book to any student of history and those of us captivated by the evil that men (and women) do.