Wicked Northern New York

Local author Cheri Farnsworth has carefully researched and compiled the region's most wicked stories here, like the Potsdam man who literally scared his wife to death, the woman who was won in a game of cards, and the little girl who was ...

Wicked Northern New York

The friendly, relaxed atmosphere of the North Country belies a dark and sordid history: a time when it seemed that every city had its red-light district and every hamlet its brothel. Revisit an enigmatic period fraught with pistol duels and "tramp camps;" hermits on the run, "wild man" sightings and horse thieves. Local author Cheri Farnsworth has carefully researched and compiled the region's most wicked stories here, like the Potsdam man who literally scared his wife to death, the woman who was won in a game of cards, and the little girl who was taken by gypsies, sold for fifty cents, and then traded for a half a dozen chickens.

Historic North Country Disasters

... of Cheri Revai): Haunted Northern New York (Volumes 1–4, 2002–10),
Haunted Massachusetts (2005), Haunted New ... Alphabet Killer: The True Story
of Rochester's 'Double Initial' Murders (2010) and Wicked Northern New York (
2011).

Historic North Country Disasters

There is a tragic history in New York's North Country of human folly, natural disasters, deadly explosions, terrible train wrecks and other calamities. The famous Barnum & Bailey Circus suffered deeply after its train crashed between Norwood and Potsdam in 1889 and many animals died. Beloved Thousand Island Park was almost entirely destroyed by a devastating fire in 1912, leveling hotels and businesses, and the once-thriving park never fully recovered. The great Massena earthquake measured 5.9 on the Richter scale in 1944 and caused tremendous structural damage, including destroying nearly all chimneys in the area. Author Cheri L. Farnsworth compiles both the man-made and natural disasters that shocked the North Country in the hundred years between 1850 and 1950.

Haunted Massachusetts

... Farnsworth retired from a large public utility in Northern New York in 2018,
where she had worked for thirty-four years, ... Wicked Northern New York,
Haunted Connecticut, Haunted New York, The Big Book of New York Ghost
Stories, and ...

Haunted Massachusetts

Cemetery spooks, haunted historic homes and Native American legends figure prominently in this collection of eerie in tales from the Bay State. From the beaches and cliffs of the Atlantic coast and the historic streets of Boston to the beautiful Berkshires come a variety of stories and legends, including the phantom canoe of two dead Mohegan lovers, the haunted Danvers Lunatic Asylum whose former residents never really left, and eyewitness accounts of UFOs sightings that date back to the mid-1800s.

Wicked Northern Virginia

A correspondent from the New York Herald described the scene as morbid.
Between two lamps on a black mantelpiece, over the fireplace, an oldfashioned
clock had ceased to pace the steps of time. Trinkets were strewn about the parlor,
 ...

Wicked Northern Virginia

Behind the bucolic plantation estates of Northern Virginia lies a history of scandal. The region has a rotating cast of greedy supervisors, vain senators, bullying occupiers and party bosses. The Aryan Nations once flooded the streets of Arlington. Infamous floating brothels once sailed the Potomac. Even George Washington's death at his historic estate outside the capital is shrouded in mystery. Join journalist and author Michael Lee Pope as he serves a cookie full of arsenic on a cold platter of revenge.

A Wicked War

Empire and Liberty in North America, 1500–2000 (New York: Penguin, 2005),
248–59. On Mexican development, see Philip L. Russell, The History of Mexico
from Pre-Conquest to Present (New York: Routledge, 2010), 161–64, 182–83.

A Wicked War

Often forgotten and overlooked, the U.S.-Mexican War featured false starts, atrocities, and daring back-channel negotiations as it divided the nation, paved the way for the Civil War a generation later, and launched the career of Abraham Lincoln. Amy S. Greenberg’s skilled storytelling and rigorous scholarship bring this American war for empire to life with memorable characters, plotlines, and legacies. When President James K. Polk compelled a divided Congress to support his war with Mexico, it was the first time that the young American nation would engage another republic in battle. Caught up in the conflict and the political furor surrounding it were Abraham Lincoln, then a new congressman; Polk, the dour president committed to territorial expansion at any cost; and Henry Clay, the aging statesman whose presidential hopes had been frustrated once again, but who still harbored influence and had one last great speech up his sleeve. Beyond these illustrious figures, A Wicked War follows several fascinating and long-neglected characters: Lincoln’s archrival John Hardin, whose death opened the door to Lincoln’s rise; Nicholas Trist, gentleman diplomat and secret negotiator, who broke with his president to negotiate a fair peace; and Polk’s wife, Sarah, whose shrewd politicking was crucial in the Oval Office. This definitive history of the 1846 conflict paints an intimate portrait of the major players and their world. It is a story of Indian fights, Manifest Destiny, secret military maneuvers, gunshot wounds, and political spin. Along the way it captures a young Lincoln mismatching his clothes, the lasting influence of the Founding Fathers, the birth of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and America’s first national antiwar movement. A key chapter in the creation of the United States, it is the story of a burgeoning nation and an unforgettable conflict that has shaped American history.

Wicked Albany

Gerda W. Ray, “We Can Stay Until Hell Freezes Over: Strike Control and the
State Police in New York, 1919–1923,” Labor ... “National Prohibition in Northern
New York” (master's thesis, Department of History, University at Albany–SUNY,
n.d.).

Wicked Albany

Albany, New York, experienced massive upheaval when the Volstead Act of 1919 established Prohibition. Crime already proliferated in the capital of the Empire State, with rival political machines stooping to corruption and the mob with their heavy-handed powers of persuasion. As it did nationwide, Prohibition in Albany served merely to force alcohol-related commerce underground and lawlessness and violence to the forefront of city activity.

Murder Mayhem in Jefferson County

Author Cheri L. Farnsworth has compiled the stories of the most notorious criminal minds of Jefferson County’s early history. Includes photos!

Murder   Mayhem in Jefferson County

The author of Wicked Northern New York delivers the most chilling historic true crime stories from the state’s northern tier. Jefferson County, located in New York’s beautiful North Country, has a dark and violent past. During the long winter months, it was not the cold that was feared, but the killers. In 1828, Henry Evans committed a crime so brutal that the location in Brownsville is still called Slaughter Hill. A real-life Little Red Riding Hood, eleven-year-old Sarah Conklin met someone far worse than a wolf on her way home from school in 1875. And in 1908, Mary Farmer, a beautiful young mother hacked her neighbor to death and was sent to the electric chair. Author Cheri L. Farnsworth has compiled the stories of the most notorious criminal minds of Jefferson County’s early history. Includes photos!

Annual Communication of the Right Worthy Grand Lodge of Northern New York

R. W. Grand Lodge of Northern New-York ... Will the Grand Lodge, by its
judgment in the case under discussion, give effect to its laws and enforce its
principles If it does not, it will be because it is either too wicked to execute justice
in its own ...

Annual Communication of the Right Worthy Grand Lodge of Northern New York


Minutes of the Session of the Northern New York Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

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Stanley Danforth . . . Byron Alden . . . . . . . .. William A. Nichols Samuel M. Warn
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Minutes of the     Session of the Northern New York Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church


Wicked Northern Illinois

From the secrets of Joliet Penitentiary to the ferocious gunfights between the Ku Klux Klan and the Shelton Gang, Troy Taylor takes the measure of the dishonest sweat and innocent blood poured into the prairies of Northern Illinois.

Wicked Northern Illinois

From the secrets of Joliet Penitentiary to the ferocious gunfights between the Ku Klux Klan and the Shelton Gang, Troy Taylor takes the measure of the dishonest sweat and innocent blood poured into the prairies of Northern Illinois. Meet the “fallen angels” of Decatur’s red-light district, the Springfield counterfeiters who bungled stealing Lincoln’s bones and the Aurora man who propped up his porch with the heads of his wife and brother-in-law. And if you dare, eavesdrop on the chilling confession of a man who left a dancer’s corpse to the mercy of the railroad tracks: “So, I pat them on the cheek, call them sweet names—and kill them.”