Book #74574

The Life of Jesse Harding Pomeroy, The Most Remarkable Case in the...

The Youngest Person Ever Convicted of Murder In Massachusetts Haskell, E. Luscomb. The Life of Jesse Harding Pomeroy. The Most Remarkable Case in the History of Crime or Criminal Law. Boston: S.n., 1892. [viii], 20-90 pp. Portrait frontispiece. 4 plates. Octavo (9" x 6"). Sewn pamphlet in stiff printed wrappers. Light rubbing, soiling and a few minor stains, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, wrappers beginning to detach at ends, light toning to interior. [With] Pomeroy, Jesse Harding [1859-1932]. Boston's Tercentenary, 1630-1930: A Poem. State Farm, MA: [Charlestown State Prison], 1930. 12 pp. 12mo. (5-1/4" x 3-3/4"). Stapled pamphlet in self-wrappers. Light toning, light soiling to exterior. Together two items. $950. * Only edition. Jesse Harding Pomeroy, who had a history of sadistic violence, was the youngest person in the history of Massachusetts to be convicted of murder. In 1874, when he was 14, he was sentenced to death for the muder of a ten-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy. (He may have killed several others as well.) Due in part to his youth, his sentence was commuted to life in solitary confinement in Charlestown State Prison. While incarcerated he became a scholar, studied law to argue for better treatment, learned to read several languages, published poetry and made several attemps to escape. He was admitted to the general prison population in 1917. he was transferred to Bridgewater Hospital for the Criminally Insane in 1929, where he spent the rest of his life. OCLC locates 8 copies of The Life, 3 in law libraries (Social Law, Trial Court Law Library, Worcester, University of Missouri), no copies of Boston's Tercentenary, which appears to be unrecorded. Life: McDade, The Annals of Murder 758.

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