Murder and Mayhem in the Finger Lakes

Murder and Mayhem in the Finger Lakes

by R. Marcin


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The pristine waters of the Finger Lakes inspire tranquility, but the region has not been spared a history of high-profile murders. George Chapman's execution for killing a hostler in a drunken rage drew one of the largest crowds in Seneca County's history. Charles Sprague was the only person from Yates County to be executed and the last person electrocuted at Auburn Prison after shooting a neighbor in a dispute over potatoes. A plea of insanity did not save James Williams from the electric chair after murdering an elderly man and attempting to rape a teenage girl. In the Feedbag Murder, the body of a missing man was found in a canal, and his friend was acquitted of the murder despite confessing to the crime years later. Author R. Marcin explores the gruesome history of homicide in the Finger Lakes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467146142
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 09/21/2020
Series: Murder & Mayhem
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 401,807
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

R. Marcin, a resident of the Finger Lakes region, has contributed historical features to the Watkins Review & Express and the Observer. She studied languages at Elmira College and has a master's degree in French literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton. This is her first book.

Table of Contents

A Note on the Sources 7

1 George Chapman 9

2 John Fitzgerald 18

3 William Fee 39

4 Elizabeth Rogers and Elizabeth Brooks 56

5 Henry Sayles 70

6 The Feedbag Murder 84

7 Richard Barber 101

8 Caitano Panico 118

9 James Williams 127

10 Charles Sprague 141

Notes 153

Bibliography 159

About the Author 160

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