On a summer day in 1893, little Maggie Sheffield was murdered. Maggie's own father did the unthinkable against a backdrop of laughter and barrel organ music at Rocky Point Amusement Park. The tragedy aroused a strange reaction from the peaceable community of Warwick, Rhode Island. Many seemed to be more concerned for the murderer, Frank Sheffield, than for his young victimOn a summer day in 1893, little Maggie Sheffield was murdered. Maggie's own father did the unthinkable against a backdrop of laughter and barrel organ music at Rocky Point Amusement Park. The tragedy aroused a strange reaction from the peaceable community of Warwick, Rhode Island. Many seemed to be more concerned for the murderer, Frank Sheffield, than for his young victim. Frank was rumored to be insane or addicted to drugs, and after a trial, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity. The murder did not tarnish Rocky Point's reputation as a premier destination, and the park operated until 1995. Investigating official records and newspaper archives, author Kelly Sullivan Pezza uncovers the facts and oddities behind a grim crime in Rhode Island's summer paradise....
|Title||:||Murder at Rocky Point Park: Tragedy in Rhode Island's Summer Paradise|
|Number of Pages||:||127 Pages|
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Murder at Rocky Point Park: Tragedy in Rhode Island's Summer Paradise Reviews
I was extremely impressed by this book. The story of Maggie Sheffield's murder at Rocky Point had been long forgotten, but it is now part of the park's lore forever, even if it is one of the saddest episodes in its history. Even though there is little historical evidence remaining about the murder and trial, the book still contains an admirable amount of detail about Frank's descent into madness and the tragic voyage aboard the Bay Queen that concluded in horror behind a ledge at the amusement park. Most fascinating to me was the author's reconstruction of what the murderer ate in the days leading to the crime and what this revealed about whether he was insane or drugged when he killed his daughter. I suppose what lends Maggie's story such piquancy is that she should have been having the best day of her life at Rocky Point and that her attack came not only from a person she loved, but at a place which everyone loved. In my own books Clamcake Summer and Chowder Summer, I have written about Rocky Point's food history. Murder at Rocky Point addresses the culinary aspects of the park's history deliciously well and with a thoroughness that earned my respect as a fellow historian who has toiled in the same archives. There were a few places in the book where I might have appreciated more detail. For example, why was Frank jailed and tried in East Greewnich rather than Warwick? On the other hand, I didn't realize that this book would also be the ultimate compendium of information about Rocky Point from its earliest days to the present. I was enthralled by all the information the author unearthed and I recommend this as the definitive Rocky Point resource, with one exception. How curious that it doesn't include any discussion of the murder of Jason Bass by Adam Emery and the unsolved mystery of Emery's disappearance, a tragedy which, like Maggie's, began at Rocky Point.
If you're looking for a murder mystery, this is not the book for you. If you are interested in the history of Rocky Point park then you will enjoy.
This book is about a 100 year old murder and it is about the history of Rocky Point Park. It is well researched and detailed. My guess is enough material just was not available for a full book about the murder so the author continued it with her fascinating account of the park. This is local history at its best and should be read by all who are interested in Rhode Island local history.
Disappointing.Far more a summary of research than a retelling of events. Too much time spent simply listing out what each person involved (even peripherally) ended up doing later.
Although attention given to the murder and well researched, it is overshadowed by Rocky Point Park history. It was very interesting to follow the changes over the years.
Interesting history of the park
this book should really be called "the history of Rocky point" with a few chapters about a horrific murder that happened there.
Interesting read about the history of Rocky Point and Rhode Island.
A very quick read. Lots of background information on the park, and the one involved in the murder.