who was murdered by a maniac
Jan’y 1, 1856
|Ichabod Umberfield Headstone (FindAGrave)|
His post (here), "Private Calhoun's Confession," was an excellent story about a Civil War soldier who was hung for the murder of a local farmer, who confessed to "an entire life of crime and dozens of murders."
In the few months since it appeared, Robert's article has already become the fifth most visited post on this blog, with nearly 900 hits! And it's still movin' up the chart! Well done, Robert!
In the past few days, Robert kindly hosted my own guest post at his excellent Murder by Gaslight blog.
You can see the post - "Murdered by a Maniac" - here.
The story is about three murders that took place between Christmas Eve 1855 and New Year's Day 1856, perpetrated by members of a bizarre cult in New Haven, Connecticut - the "Wakemanites" - led by their "Prophetess," Mrs. Rhoda Wakeman.
It's a grisly, but fascinating story, with connections to cults, Spiritualism, mental illness, journalism, court proceedings, incarceration, class distinctions, and much more.
Do me a favor and visit my post at Robert's blog and while you are there check out some of the great history he has shared about 19th-century crime!