Saturday, March 16, 2013

William Agnew.

Little Murders:
From Defenders and Offenders:

William Agnew.

"Of all the cold blooded villains, this is one of the worst. Wm. Agnew lived in Palyra, N. Y. [sic] He went home with his wife one night from a ball, and after some angry words, picked up a rocking chair and dealt her several blows on the head, crushing in her skull. He then carried her up-stairs to bed and she died that night. He slept in the same room with the murdered woman and remained about the house for several days until the body was discovered."

Defenders and offenders. New York: D. Buchner & Co., 1888.


Debbie K. says:
March 16, 2013 at 5:06 PM

I've never heard of this nutcase; I'll have to look him up.

David Minor says:
March 16, 2013 at 11:19 PM

I'm afraid it's a typo. Suggest you look him up under "Palmyra" not "Palyra" New York

Robert Wilhelm says:
March 17, 2013 at 9:54 AM

While you are probably right about "Palmyra", the post is a direct quote from the book Defenders and Offenders. If I find that his story actually took place in Palmyra, I will add "sic" but I will not change the quote.

Robert Wilhelm says:
March 17, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Interestingly, it was not Palyra, New York, but Palmyra, New Jersey, in Burlington County. Not a typo, a serious error. Sic it is.

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