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A delightfully wicked look at the badly behaved characters who shaped the history of Connecticut through their deeds and misdeeds
Speaking III of the Dead: Jerks in Connecticut History features fifteen short profiles of notorious bad guys, perpetrators of mischief, visionary if misunderstood thinkers, and other colorful antiheroes from the history of the Nutmeg State. It reveals the dark side of some well-known and even revered characters from Connecticut's past-both part-time Jerks and others who were Jerks through and through.
About the Author
Ray Bendici is associate editor at Connecticut Magazine, where he has covered the state in depth for over a decade, including through his monthly "Sunday Drive" and "Being There" columns. He also runs DamnedCT.com, which is dedicated to all that's odd, unexplained, unusual and curious in Connecticut.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Benedict Arnold: From Hero to Traitor to Scourge 1
Chapter 2 George Metesky: Angry Jerk with a Short Fuse 17
Chapter 3 Lydia Sherman: Connecticut's Own Black Widow 33
Chapter 4 Julius Schacknow: Self-Made Prophet, Savior, and God 48
Chapter 5 Uncas: Last (and Likely Worst) of the Mohicans 61
Chapter 6 Rev. Samuel A. Peters: Exiled Loyalist and "Victim of Pseudomania" 77
Chapter 7 Anastase A. Vonsiatsky: Fascist Jerk in the Time of Hitler 92
Chapter 8 Amy Archer-Gilligan: The True Story behind Arsenic and Old Lace 107
Chapter 9 P. T. Barnum: Prince of the Humbugs 121
Chapter 10 Philip Musica: Multiple Identities, One Jerk 135
Chapter 11 Samuel Colt: The Jerk Who Won the West 150
Chapter 12 Hannah Hovey: The Wicked Witch of Monroe 164
Chapter 13 Rev. Herbert H. Hayden: Minister Turned Murderer 175
Chapter 14 Salvatore "Midge Renault" Annunziato: A "Made" Jerk 189
Chapter 15 William Stuart: The (Allegedly) Most Celebrated Jerk in Connecticut History 204
About the Author 232