Delmarva's Patty Cannon:: The Devil on the Nanticoke

Delmarva's Patty Cannon:: The Devil on the Nanticoke

by Michael Morgan


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Truth lies behind the grim and grisly legend of Patty Cannon.

Using surprise and treachery, Cannon even employed a free African American accomplice to lure her unsuspecting prey. Captives who survived confinement in Patty's cells were sold south. The position of the Cannon home on the shadowy border between Delaware and Maryland allowed her to dodge the law until a local farmer unearthed the remains of her victims in 1829. Patty mysteriously died in jail awaiting trial. Author Michael Morgan investigates the chilling history of one of the nation's first serial killers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626198128
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 06/01/2015
Series: True Crime
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,149,879
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Michael Morgan has been writing freelance newspaper articles on the history of Delaware and Maryland for over three decades. His columns appeared in Maryland Beachcomber, the Maryland Times Press and the Delaware Coast Press, among other publications. His "Lore of Delmarva" weekly radio commentary is broadcast by station WGMD 92.7. Morgan is the author of seven books with The History Press including, Bethany Beach: A Brief History, Hidden History of Lewes and Civil War Delaware.

Table of Contents

Preface 7

1 A Criminal's World

Dressed in Men's Attire 11

A Convenient River on the East Called Kuskarawaok 15

"We Will Shoot You" 19

Thompson's Beginning 22

"Indulgent to Criminality" 27

2 A Career Of Crime

The Infamous Traffic 35

Telltale Scars 43

The Soft Part of the Ears to Be Cut Off 48

Did Her Good to See Him Beat the Boys 55

The Philadelphia Connection 61

A Career of Iniquity 65

Seduced by the Devil 67

3 The Historical Legacy of Patty Cannon

The Trade is Likely to Thrive 73

Money was His God 75

Follow the Drinking Gourd 81

4 The Literary Legacy of Patty Cannon

Narrative and Confessions of Lucretia P. Cannon 87

The Entailed Hat 92

Patty Cannon Live! 98

5 Along The Nanticoke

Where Patty Walked 101

The Skull that Harbored a Criminal Mind 111

Bibliography 117

About the Author 125

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