Historic Crimes of Long Island: Misdeeds from the 1600s to the 1950s

Historic Crimes of Long Island: Misdeeds from the 1600s to the 1950s

by Kerriann Flanagan Brosky, Joan Harrison

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Award-winning author and historian Kerriann Flanagan Brosky uncovers some of the most ghastly and fascinating historical crimes committed on Long Island.

Beyond the idyllic countryside and suburban communities of Long Island lies a murky history of murder and mayhem. A Victorian romance went awry in Huntington when wealthy farmer Charles Kelsey was tarred, feathered and murdered in 1872. Thirty-five years before the famous witch trials of Salem, East Hampton had its own Puritan hysteria among charges of witchcraft. The 1937 kidnapping of wealthy heiress Alice Parsons shook the quiet town of Stony Brook and remains a mystery to this day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439662298
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 09/04/2017
Series: True Crime
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Award-winning author and historian Kerriann Flanagan Brosky has been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Newsday and Distinction magazine. She has appeared on CBS's Sunday morning show, Ticket, with Laura Savini, News 12 Long Island and The Thinking Writer in East Hampton for her previously published nonfiction books. Kerriann served on the board of trustees as first vice president for the Huntington Historical Society for six years, and she served as a trustee for the Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association for three years. Kerriann is the recipient of the Top Advocate for Historic Preservation and Education award from the Oyster Bay Historical Society, the Huntington Heritage Education award from the Town of Huntington and Woman of Distinction award from the New York State Assembly. She is currently a contributing writer for Edible Long Island, where she has her own column, "Kerriann Eats." Kerriann lives in Huntington, Long Island, and when she's not writing, she enjoys spending time at the beach with her husband, Karl, and their two sons. Please visit her website at www.kerriannflanaganbrosky.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword Joan Harrison 9

Preface 13

Acknowledgements 17

1 The Tarring, Feathering and Murder of Charles G Kelsey: Huntington 19

2 The Corn Doctor Murder: Quogue 27

3 The Maybee Murders: Brookville 34

4 Kidnapping or Murder? The Alice Parsons Case: Stony Brook 41

5 East Hampton Witch Trial of 1658: East Hampton 46

6 The Woodward Murder: Oyster Bay 52

7 The Hawkins Murder: Islip 57

8 Starr Faithfull: Drowning, Murder or Suicide?: Long Beach 63

9 The 1842 Alexander Smith Murder: Greenlawn 72

10 The Mad Killer of Suffolk County: Islip, Smithtown, Westhampton Beach 77

11 The Murder of Captain James Craft: Glen Cove 82

12 Jealousy Leads to Murder: Quogue 86

13 The Samuel Jones Murder: Massapequa 89

14 The Wickham Murders of 1854: Cutchogue 95

15 Dentist Shot by Vengeful Mother-in-Law: Northport 100

16 Count Rumford and the Old Burial Ground: Huntington 106

17 The Tale of Captain Kidd and Buried Treasure: Gardiner's Island, East Hampton, Oyster Bay 110

18 Gardener Kills Broker in Front of Bride: Duck Island, Asharoken 116

19 Mysterious Shooting in Freeport Doctor's Office: Freeport 121

20 Captain Carpenter Murdered at Sea: Glen Cove 127

Bibliography 131

Index 137

About the Author 141

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