- Life and confession of Sophia Hamilton, who was tried, condemned and sentenced to be hung, at Montreal, L.C., on the 22d of January, 1845, for the perpetration of the most shocking murders and daring robberies perhaps recorded in the annals of crime / carefully selected by the author, William H. Jackson.
- Main Author:
- Jackson, William H.,
Printed for the publisher, 1845
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"First printed in New York in 1844, an edition was published in Frederickton, New Brunswick the same year as the Montreal edition. Most likely fictitious [the Frederickton edition claims she was executed in Frederickton in April, 1845, while the Montreal edition puts her untimely demise in that city in January], but a particularly gruesome entry in the "true crime" genre. In his preface Jackson implies that Ms. Hamilton was the product of the depravities of an urban upbringing and pitches his tale as a cautionary example to parents. Her many crimes are recounted in detail. Hamilton supposedly was widowed at nineteen by poisoning her elderly husband. She then set herself up as a tavern-keeper and went on to rob and murder several of her guests. Her house was also used as a way-station for smugglers operating between Frederickton and Calais, Maine. The final few pages print her confession, graced by an illustration of her in prison. The title-page vignette shows Hamilton standing over one of her victims, and the frontispiece shows a highway robbery."--Lawbook Exchange catalogue listing.
- Item Description:
Apparently fictitious. A reproduction of the text, published in Montreal, gives Montreal as the place of execution and the 22nd of January as the date.
- Physical Description:
32 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Montreal : Printed for the publisher, 1845.