Legal Executions in New England

A Comprehensive Reference, 1623–1960


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About the Book

Between 1623 and 1960 (the date of the last execution as of 1999), Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont legally put to death more than 700 men and women for a wide variety of capital crimes ranging from army desertion to murder. This is a companion volume to Legal Executions in New York State and Legal Executions in New Jersey, both published by McFarland. It is comprised of chronologically arranged biographical entries for the executed persons. Each entry gives personal data on the executed person, including age, ethnicity, and gender, as well as a detailed account of the crime for which he or she was sentenced to death and information on the place and method of execution. Fully indexed.

About the Author(s)

Daniel Allen Hearn is employed by the federal government and lives in Monroe, Connecticut.

Bibliographic Details

Daniel Allen Hearn
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 452
Bibliographic Info: references, index
Copyright Date: 2008 [1999]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3248-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0853-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Persons Executed and Their Crimes (Listed Chronologically)      5

Sources      395

Index      429

Book Reviews & Awards

• “A useful, interesting, and well-documented resource”—ARBA

• “Hearn’s listing is interesting and informative”—Catholic Library World

• “[Hearn] has detailed the name, ethnicity, age, crime, date and place of all legally executed persons in what are now the six New England states…provides a basic database from which to build an understanding of past judgments and evolving social thought”—New England Historical and Genealogical Register

• “An important contribution to the ongoing debate over capital punishment in this state and this country…should be required reading for politicians, recommended reading for voters, too”—Bookmarks