The Cape Cod Murder of 1899: Edwin Ray Snow's Punishment & Redemption

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On a crisp September evening in 1899, a seventeen-year-old petty thief named Edwin Ray Snow shot and killed a bakery deliveryman named Jimmy Whittemore outside Yarmouth. The gunshots rang out for only a moment, but the effects resounded on Cape Cod for half a century. The idyllic atmosphere of turn-of-the-century Cape Cod was shattered in a flash. Soon after the crime, Snow pleaded guilty to murder in the first degree, and was the first person ever to be sentenced to death by electric chair in Massachusetts history. But his compelling story didn't end there, and his redemption--earned through decades of hard time--was as dramatic and uplifting as his crime was heinous. Drawing upon town records, historical documents, correspondence and newspapers of the day, The Cape Cod Murder of 1899 recreates the towns of Dennis and Yarmouth at the turn of the century and examines the details of a murder that shook Cape Cod to its core.
ISBN: 9781596292277
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Massachusetts
Series: True Crime
Images: 18
Pages: 112
Dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.375 (h)
Journalist and maritime author Theresa Mitchell Barbo is the founder and director of the annual Cape Cod Maritime History Symposium, now in partnership with the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. Theresa is a noted lecturer on Cape Cod cultural heritage and maritime history before community organizations and at educational institutions. She holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and has studied executive integral leadership at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Theresa lives in Yarmouth Port, Cape Cod, with her husband, Daniel, daughter Katherine and son Thomas.
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