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The Hanging of Betsey Reed : A Wabash River Tragedy on the Illinois Frontier
by Ben Kelsheimer and Rick Kelsheimer


Overview - In 1845, twenty thousand people gathered to witness the hanging of Elizabeth "Betsey" Reed. A resident of the Palestine area, she was convicted of murdering her husband by serving him a cup of sassafras tea laced with arsenic. She became the first and only woman ever to be hanged in the State of Illinois.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In 1845, twenty thousand people gathered to witness the hanging of Elizabeth "Betsey" Reed. A resident of the Palestine area, she was convicted of murdering her husband by serving him a cup of sassafras tea laced with arsenic. She became the first and only woman ever to be hanged in the State of Illinois. Despised by the mob and considered a witch by many, she rode to the gallows sitting atop her coffin, singing hymns of praise. Was she a murderess or a victim of her own reputation? Based on actual events, The Hanging of Betsey Reed is a tale of treachery and deceit on the Illinois frontier.


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  • ISBN-13: 9781439237113
  • ISBN-10: 1439237115
  • Publisher: Booksurge Publishing
  • Publish Date: April 2009
  • Page Count: 268
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.61 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.76 pounds


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