A Monument to Her Grief: The Sturtevant Murders of Halifax, Massachusetts

A Monument to Her Grief: The Sturtevant Murders of Halifax, Massachusetts

by John F. Gallagher


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Nearly 150 years ago, the Massachusetts state constabulary launched an investigation into the brutal murders of three elderly people at their farmhouse on Thompson Street in rural Halifax. The story of the murders and the aftermath has been passed down through the generations and has become part of local lore. Until now, no comprehensive, definitive, substantiated account has been published.

To fully disclose what happened, and why, required extensive research into the holdings of the Halifax Historical Society and Museum, contemporaneous news accounts, court and prison records, town histories, census returns, vital records, archival manuscripts, case law, and other documentary evidence. A genealogical study of the principal characters in the story helped in sorting out the intertwined relationships common to small communities of the era, giving shape to the characters' lives leading up to the murders and lending context to the hard facts of the case.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937588632
Publisher: Riverhaven Books
Publication date: 12/27/2016
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

John F. Gallagher served in the Boston Police Department for thirty years and rose to the rank of superintendent and chief of detectives before he retired in 2008. His interest in history and genealogy and his background in criminal investigations motivated him to write this true crime story about the 1874 murders of brothers Simeon and Thomas Sturtevant and their housekeeper, Mary Buckley. John lives in Hanover, Massachusetts, with his wife, Jeanne. A Monument to Her Grief is his third book. Visit his website at www.gallagherbook.com.

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