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Patricia Morrow-Windham Town Historian <[log in to unmask]>
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A LISTSERV list for discussions pertaining to New York State history." <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 6 Aug 2003 17:46:42 -0400
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I recommend the Greene County Historical Society's Vedder Memorial Library
in Coxsackie (just off Route 9W, across from the correctional facility).
Check here http://www.gchistory.org/ for days and hours of operation.

Harold Nestler's "A Bibliography of New York State Communities," Heritage
Books, 1990, mentions a 1910 work by Judge Emory Chase entitled "Local
History Gleanings" which he says is mostly legal and political history with
data on 5 murders. I have not seen this 22 page booklet so I can't say if
the Sally Hamilton case is included. The GCHS probably has a copy. They may
also have published an article in one of their quarterly newsletters.

Patricia Morrow, Windham Town Historian (Greene County)

>Can anyone direct me to a complete, beginning-to-end review of the Sally
Hamilton case? Sally Hamilton was a young woman who was raped and murdered
near Catskill, N. Y., on August 23, 1813. The case became very convoluted,
with several arrests and at least one trial and conviction, but the
conviction was reversed because the chief witness, a supposed participant,
was demented. I have a fairly long summary from The Columbian of April 2,
1817, but the case was referred to in a NYC newspaper as late as January,