Wicked Herkimer County

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From Little Falls to Frankfort, Herkimer County is no stranger to the seamier side of life. The drowning murder of Grace Brown at Big Moose Lake and the ensuing trial of Chester Gillette was the inspiration for Theodore Dreiser’s famous novel An American Tragedy. Medical students from the Fairfield Medical College attempted to rob local graves for cadavers, drawing the ire of local residents, who formed a mob to meet them. Outlaw thieves faced off against New York City detectives in a gun battle at Camp Utica in Old Forge. Hotheaded shootings and Prohibition raids were rampant at the liquor-soaked lumberjack camp of Beaver River Station in Webb. Editors Caryl Hopson and Susan R. Perkins have assembled a collection of narratives that offer a glimpse into the seedy underbelly of Herkimer County’s wicked past.
ISBN: 9781467148795
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New York
Series: Wicked
Images: 48
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Caryl Hopson and Susan Perkins have collaborated on previous books, including the Images of America series volumes of Herkimer Village (2008), German Flatts (2010), Little Falls (2010) and Frankfort (2013) and were co-editors of Murder & Mayhem in Herkimer County in 2019. They shared a rewarding partnership in their years at the Herkimer County Historical Society, promoting and preserving the area’s rich history. Susan served as the organization’s registrar, administrative assistant and finally the executive director. Caryl first came on board to type the new history of Herkimer County in 1991 and stayed for a career of thirty years as the organization’s secretary and administrative assistant. They both serve as board members of Friends of Historic Herkimer County.
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