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

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

by Cheri L. Farnsworth
     
 

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When Henry Deletnack Debosnys, admittedly an alias, drifted into Essex, New York, he swept the wealthy, newly-widowed mother of four, Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Wells, off her feet. They were married within a month, and she was dead—her throat slashed—just two months later. It was a sensational crime that rocked the North Country in 1882. Witnesses… See more details below

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When Henry Deletnack Debosnys, admittedly an alias, drifted into Essex, New York, he swept the wealthy, newly-widowed mother of four, Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Wells, off her feet. They were married within a month, and she was dead—her throat slashed—just two months later. It was a sensational crime that rocked the North Country in 1882. Witnesses placed Debosnys at the scene of the crime near Port Henry. He was found guilty and imprisoned in Essex County Jail to await his hanging before two thousand people who obtained tickets for the event. But if the good citizens of Essex County had Debosnys pegged as nothing more than a cunning, opportunistic, wife-murdering gold-digger, they were dead wrong. Debosnys spent his incarceration writing about his seemingly-extraordinary life in fluent Greek, French, English, Latin, and Spanish, suggesting that he was not only a cold-blooded killer, but a highly-educated linguist. His use of a fly’s blood to color in a rose on one of the sketches he drew in jail revealed a depraved mind at work; and the poetry he penned was at once both morbid and sensitive, yet always brilliantly twisted. Swooning, sympathetic females visited the jail to comfort the condemned man, deceived by his charming mannerisms and debonair appearance. Although he took his true identity to the grave, Debosnys insisted that clues to his name were concealed in the many cryptograms he produced in jail. Henry Debosnys was to nineteenth-century Northern New York what the Zodiac Killer is to twentieth-century southern California…an egotistical murderer who left a deliberate trail of visual clues and cryptograms, daring us to identify him if we can. This book will provide volumes of correspondence regarding the case, news articles spanning more than a century, and photocopies of every cryptogram, poem, sketch, and story Debosnys penned in jail.

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ISBN-13:
9781596298682
Publisher:
History Press, The
Publication date:
03/22/2010
Series:
True Crime Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.34(d)

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