|Oliver "Pet" Halsted|
Date: July 2, 1871
Location: Newark, New Jersey
Victim: Oliver "Pet" Halsted
Cause of Death: Gunshot
Accused: George Botts
Verdict: Guilty of first degree murder.
The defense moved for a new trail claiming that one of the jurors had been unduly induced to convict Botts. The motion was denied and George Botts was sentenced to hang on December 21. The hanging was delayed until January 27, 1872. In the meantime, George Botts produced a marriage certificate proving that he was actually married to Mary Wilson. They had kept it a secret to protect her from prosecution as a bigamist. Since the trial, Mary Wilson had entered a house of ill-fame in Philadelphia and Botts saw no further need to protect her.
At 11:32, the morning of January 27, 1872, George “Charcoal” Botts was launched into eternity, inside the Newark Jail.