Until You Are Dead, Dead, Dead: The Hanging of Albert Edwin Batson

Until You Are Dead, Dead, Dead: The Hanging of Albert Edwin Batson

by Jim Bradshaw, Danielle Miller

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ISBN-13: 9781626744028
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 10/20/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 888,250
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jim Bradshaw, Washington, Louisiana, retired as an editor and writer for the Lafayette Daily Advertiser in 2008, but he continues to write his popular "C'est Vrai" column for syndication. Author of three previous books on Louisiana, he has written for newspapers and magazines for more than forty years, and his columns have received national and regional awards.
Danielle Miller, Sulphur, Louisiana, lived and worked around the world before taking a job with the Calcasieu Parish Public Library System in 1991. She is a researcher and translator in French genealogy.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Prologue 3

1 The Horse Trader 5

2 Scene of the Crime 8

3 Coroner's Inquest 12

4 Cajun Prairies 19

5 Welsh 27

6 The Arrest 30

7 Trial by Newspaper 38

8 Lynching Fears 43

9 The Dead Tramp 48

10 Another Crime 54

11 Indictment and Plea 57

12 A Mother's View 64

13 Confusion, Confrontation 71

14 The Case Is On 76

15 Batson's Turn 87

16 Reaching a Verdict 95

17 A Ray of Hope and an Appeal 101

18 To Court Again 107

19 Resignation 121

20 Enter Dobson 125

21 Indignation and False Hope 134

22 Last Chance 143

23 No Escape, No Reprieve 148

24 To the Gallows 154

Afterword: Beyond Reasonable Doubt? 162

Appendix A Chronology 171

Appendix B Cast of Characters 175

Appendix C Batson Letters 187

Appendix D The Batson Ballad 191

Notes 197

Bibliography 223

Index 229

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Until You Are Dead, Dead, Dead: The Hanging of Albert Edwin Batson 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Nikki_Mansfield More than 1 year ago
This is a true story of the case of Albert Edwin Batson who was hanged for killing a family of six in the early 1900s Louisiana. The book is from an academic press and as such does not read like a story as many of the true crime books I usually read. I found the book a bit hard to read at first, very much like a newspaper. It is full of direct quotes from the newspapers and the author's narrative between is journalistic in style too. However, once the mother comes on the scene things become much more interesting and I got quite involved having a hard time putting it down. It is a very interesting case and shows a very early example of "trial by media". The book relates the case and the two trials through the newspapers of the time as a transcript was not taken. Batson was found guilty twice and hanged for the crime but maintained his innocence throughout. There are many, many troubling things about the nonexistent police inquiry and the following trials. The first was acquitted on a technicality. Batson was the only suspect considered, witnesses were few and unreliable, all evidence was circumstantial and the jury was rigged in favour of capital punishment, a "hanging jury". We will never know if he was guilty or not, but reading the book clearly shows that life imprisonment was an option for sentencing and was in fact recommended by the governor's board at the last stages only to fall on deaf ears. If Batson had spent his life in prison would his determined mother and supporters have had the time to find real evidence of the true perpetrator?
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review Until You Are Dead, Dead, Dead: The Hanging of Albert Edwin Batson byJim Bradshaw & Danielle Miller is not just a must read it's a HAVE to read.  When you open to page one it will grab you, hold you down and you will then watch those pages turn and turn and turn some more.  You will not be able to put it down until you reach the end.  This book reads more like a newspaper rather than a book.  It is a true historical  mystery.  Six members of a family, in Louisiana, are found dead.  Albert Edwin Batson is charged with their murder.  Since he was an outsider he was made the scapegoat.  With just circumstantial evidence, he was found guilty twice and sentenced to be hanged. He could  have been given a life sentence instead but no he was to be hanged.  When you read this story you will see that he was basically guilty for  not being in the right place at the right time. If he had been given a life sentence would his mother then had the time to find the real evidence  to the real perpetrator?  Would he had received an apology for the error?  What would have happened to Albert?  I loved reading this book.   It was so interesting and so informative about life in the 1900's.  I gave this book 5 stars but wish I could have given it many more.  I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially if you enjoy true historical mysteries.  I look for more by Jim Bradshaw & Danielle Miller