Adirondack Enigma: The Depraved Intellect and Mysterious Life of North Country Wife Killer Henry Debosnys

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When Henry Debosnys arrived in Essex, New York, the sleepy town was unprepared for the string of dark events that trailed the exotic European stranger. Within weeks of his appearance, he had romanced wealthy widow Betsey Wells, charming her friends and children and presenting the picture of an ideal new family at their spur-of-the-moment wedding. Yet when authorities discovered Betsey’s mangled body in a nearby forest, Debosnys’s image as a caring family man began to unravel. During his incarceration, Debosnys ...
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Overview

When Henry Debosnys arrived in Essex, New York, the sleepy town was unprepared for the string of dark events that trailed the exotic European stranger. Within weeks of his appearance, he had romanced wealthy widow Betsey Wells, charming her friends and children and presenting the picture of an ideal new family at their spur-of-the-moment wedding. Yet when authorities discovered Betsey’s mangled body in a nearby forest, Debosnys’s image as a caring family man began to unravel. During his incarceration, Debosnys slowly revealed himself to be a genius fluent in six languages, a master cryptographer and the murderer of at least two previous wives. As the scrutiny on Debosnys intensified, he began producing coded messages, allegedly confessions to a lifetime of villainy. Author Cheri Farnsworth reveals never-before-seen evidence of this Upstate tragedy, including reproductions of the legendary, unsolved Debosnys cryptograms, in an effort to finally uncover the truth about this depraved con man. The only question that remains is who will be the first to crack the “Debosnys Code”?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596298682
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/22/2010
  • Series: True Crime Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,058,809
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Cheri Farnsworth has written over a dozen titles on paranormal activity in the Northeast, including Haunted Northern New York, Haunted Massachusetts: Ghosts & Strange Phenomena of the Bay State, Haunted Connecticut: Ghosts & Strange Phenomena of the Constitution State and The Big Book of New York Ghost Stories. This is Farnsworth's first book on true crime.
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Table of Contents

Prologue Henry Debosnys 7

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

Cruel Wheel of Fate 15

"She Perished Young" 19

The Arrest 23

Extra! Extra! Read All About It 29

"Jenkins Hotel" 33

"Drairy Is the Thought of Dying" 38

"A Murderer's Strange Story" 49

Nine-Minute Verdict 53

"Until Dead, Dead, Dead" 56

Executed! 59

Henry Deletnack Debosnys (So-Called) 65

A Parisian Chronicler's Tale 84

Three Dead Wives 87

Treasure in the Attic 103

The Secret Code 105

Oh, Henry! 114

Bibliography 121

Index 125

About the Author 128

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