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Saturday, April 18, 2015

M is for Murderesses

Syracuse Journal
Wed., March 23, 1927

Executioner Has Taken Lives of 3 Women as Murderesses

By Universal Service.
 NEW YORK, March 23―
Three women have been executed for murder in New York State. Three others were sentenced to death, but were granted pardons or commutations.

Roxalana Druse, first woman executed, was hanged in Herkimer jail yard February 27, 1887, for the murder of her husband.

Mrs. Martha Place, wife of a Brooklyn broker, was executed at Sing Sing, March 21, 1902, for smothering her step-child and burning out her eyes with acid. Governor Theodore Roosevelt refused to interfere in the execution.

Mrs. Mary D. Farmer, wife of Jefferson County farmer was electrocuted in Auburn prison, March 29, 1909, for beating a woman neighbor to death with an axe. Gov. Hughes refused to interfere.

The three women sentence to die for murder, but who escaped through executive clemency were Elizabeth Halliday, who killed a woman in 1894; Mary Frisch, of Genesee County, who poisoned her child in 1850, and Anginette B. E. Haight of Madison County, who poisoned her husband in 1884.

You can get the story of the murders of Polly Frisch here.


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1 comment:

  1. I am going to try to go to the start and read all of these. Fun trivia! My late husband was from Irondequiot, NY (outside Rochester) and I love Western NY.

    DB McNicol, author
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