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The Confessions of Moses Paul

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These are the established facts about why Connecticut executed Moses Paul: On the night of December 7, 1771, Paul visited David Clark’s Tavern in Bethany, Conn. and had a drink. Moses Cook, a cobbler from Waterbury who was travelling through ...

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Married to a Murderer, H.W. Mudgett

Clara Lovering eloped with 17-year-old Herman Webster Mudgett before a New Hampshire justice of the peace in 1878. She didn’t expect him to abandon her and the son born two years later. Nor did she realize until later that she ...

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The Madness of Vermont’s Ezra Smith


To this day nobody really knows what happened in August of 1877 to Deacon Ezra Smith of Vergennes, Vermont. Was he engulfed by madness? Was he always secretly evil? Or was he an innocent man who chose the worst possible ...

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