The Hanging and Redemption of John Gordon: The True Story of Rhode Island's Last Execution [NOOK Book]

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On a frigid day in 1843, Amasa Sprague, a wealthy Yankee mill owner, left his mansion to check on his cattle. On the way, he was accosted and beaten beyond recognition, and his body was left facedown in the snow. What followed was a trial marked by judicial bias, witness perjury and societal bigotry that resulted in the conviction of twenty-nine-year-old Irish-Catholic John Gordon. He was sentenced to hang. Despite overwhelming evidence that the trial was flawed and newly discovered evidence that clearly ...
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The Hanging and Redemption of John Gordon: The True Story of Rhode Island's Last Execution

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Overview

On a frigid day in 1843, Amasa Sprague, a wealthy Yankee mill owner, left his mansion to check on his cattle. On the way, he was accosted and beaten beyond recognition, and his body was left facedown in the snow. What followed was a trial marked by judicial bias, witness perjury and societal bigotry that resulted in the conviction of twenty-nine-year-old Irish-Catholic John Gordon. He was sentenced to hang. Despite overwhelming evidence that the trial was flawed and newly discovered evidence that clearly exonerated him, an anti Irish Catholic establishment refused him a new trial. On February 14, 1845, John Gordon became the last victim of capital punishment in Rhode Island. Local historian Paul F. Caranci brings this case to life, graphically describing the murder and exposing a corrupt judicial system, a biased newspaper and a bigoted society responsible for the unjust death of an innocent man.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016493718
  • Publisher: The History Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Series: True Crime , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,200,090
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Paul F. Caranci is a third-generation resident of North Providence and has been a student of history for many years. With his wife, Margie, he founded the Municipal Heritage Group in 2009. He is also on the board of directors of the Heritage Harbor Museum and the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame. Paul has served as Rhode Island's deputy secretary of state since 2007 and has been elected to the North Providence Town Council, where he served from 1994 to 2010. He has a bachelor's degree in political science from Providence College and is currently enrolled in the master's program at Roger Williams University. He has two children, Heather and Matthew, and four grandchildren: Matthew, Jacob, Vincent and Casey. This is Paul's second book. The History Press published North Providence: A History & the People Who Shaped It in 2012.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book when I purchased it bec

    I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book when I purchased it because I generally don't like reading about events of the 1800s, but the title struck me so I took the chance. Am I glad I did. What a great read. The title gives away most of the plot, but the book is so well written and the story is so fascinating that I couldn't put it down. I read it on a plane ride across country. Fantastic book that I recommend highly.

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