Murder & Mayhem in Ulster County

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In 1870, the" New York Herald" proclaimed that Ulster County was New York's "Ulcer County" due to its lawlessness and crime. The columnist supported his claim by citing that in only six months, "it has been the scene of no less than four cold blooded and brutal murders, six suicides and four elopements." Hannah Markle--the bane of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union--ran a Kingston saloon where murder and violence were served alongside the whiskey. John Babbitt confessed on his deathbed to murdering Emma Brooks, and Willie Brown--reputed member of the Eastman Gang--accidentally shot his best friend. The infamous Big Bad Bill, the "Gardiner Desperado," lashed out more than once and killed in a drunken rage. Discover the mayhem and murder that these and others wreaked on one of New York State's original counties.
ISBN: 9781626190733
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New York
Series: Murder & Mayhem
Images: 43
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
A.J. Schenkman is a social studies teacher in Ulster County. He is the author of Wicked Ulster County as well as two earlier publications about Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh. He has published numerous articles on Hudson Valley history in Ulster Magazine, Times Herald-Record, Chronogram and on his website, Ulster County History Journal. Elizabeth Werlau is an English teacher and has published numerous articles for the Times Community Newspapers of the Hudson Valley, Hudson Valley Business Journal and on her website, Ulster County History Journal. She is currently President of the Plattekill Historical Society and on the Board of Directors of the Ulster County Historical Society.
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