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The Hanging of Betsey Reed: A Wabash River Tragedy on the Illinois Frontier

by:
Rick Kelsheimer (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-4022-9 ©2007
Price: $15.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 258 pages
Category/Subject: FICTION / Historical

In 1845 twenty thousand people gathered in Lawrenceville, Illinois, to witness the hanging of Betsey Reed for poisoning her husband. Considered a witch by some, a victim by others; this is her story.

Abstract:
In 1845, twenty thousand people gathered in Lawrenceville, Illinois, to witness the hanging of Elizabeth “Betsey” Reed. Convicted of murdering her husband by serving him a cup of arsenic-laced sassafras tea, 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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Customer Reviews

  A great read , 01/01/2009
Reviewer: Vicki Christian
As a rule I don't like this type of story, but I must, say The Hanging of Betsey Reed is one of the best books I have ever read. The pace is fast and the dialogue is addictive. After twenty pages, I couldn't put the book down. The character's come alive and I found my self carried away to the 1840's. This book would make a great movie. I can't wait until Mr. Kelsheimer's next book. Two thumbs up!!!

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