May 25, 1721: a “miserable African” is executed

Another ET entry by me, hot and fresh, posted minutes ago: Joseph Hanno, a freed slave in Boston, executed in 1721 for the murder of his wife. The murder itself was quite ordinary and unmemorable. However, the case proved interesting enough for an entry by Joseph’s association with the Puritan minister Cotton Mather, who preached a sermon about it.

Regarding Joseph’s statement that if hadn’t committed Sabbath-breaking he wouldn’t have committed murder…well, just now I looked up the date of Nanny’s murder and sure enough, it was a Sunday. Perhaps they got into an argument about his committing the former sin, which lead to his committing the latter one.

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5 thoughts on “May 25, 1721: a “miserable African” is executed

  1. Princess Shantae May 25, 2013 / 8:21 am

    Maybe he was thinking like, “In for a penny, in for a pound.” lol

  2. briana May 26, 2013 / 10:53 am

    why arent these cases on Charley project:

    Mary Lazzara, Stella May Horrell, Joan Gay Croft, Lorraine Judith Chance, John McInnis, Frank Tucker, Ray Sutton, Everett Ruess, Lloyd L. Gaines, Paul Gordon Love

    And do you put cases of the early 1900s and late 1800s?

    • Meaghan May 26, 2013 / 7:47 pm

      My oldest case is from 1910.

      As for why those cases aren’t up — probably I simply haven’t posted them yet. I’ve got hundreds waiting in line to get posted.

  3. lauralynnsmiles June 29, 2013 / 7:11 pm

    The Lorraine Judith Chance case (1948) would serve to have a fresh set of eyes on it. The daughter is still around and still looking for her mother. Remains found in 1972 were never match to anyone. Remains are female, with buck teeth. The height guesstimate is off, though. Perhaps where there was no forensic ID in the horizon, there may be now. Certainly if any dentist in your community wanted to examine the case from that perspective. The buck teeth are very identifiable even without the benefit of DNA.

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