Here is just a sample of the stories in the book:
- In 1637 William Schooler and John Williams were hanged together for Essex County crimes. Schooler raped and murdered a young woman and Williams broke jail and killed his cellmate.
- In 1691, Elizabeth Emerson murdered her twin bastard infants; six years later her sister, Hannah Emerson Duston escaped Indian captivity by scalping ten of her captors.
- Essex County had a long history of witchcraft that neither began nor ended in Salem.
- The shores of Essex were plagued by piracy, including the terrorism of Rachel Wall, New England’s only female pirate.
- In 1795, Pomp, an African slave, dispatched his cruel master with an axe blow to the head.
- Highwayman Richard Crowninshield was hired to murder Captain Joseph White, by White’s two nephews, in 1830.
- In 1885, a successful inventor shot his business partner in cold blood, then pled insanity.
- An aspiring young singer was murdered by an obsessed ex-lover in 1894.
- In 1900, a dismembered corpse was found, stuffed into three feed bags, floating in a pond.
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