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The notorious history of two nineteenth-century hamlets in western New York, famous for an era of bustling commerce—and criminality. The Town of Mendon and the Village of Honeoye Falls are today quiet western New York suburbs, but they weren't always so idyllic. In years past, the village was a center of commerce, manufacturing and railroads, and by the mid-nineteenth century, this prosperity brought with it an element of mayhem. Horse stealing was commonplace. Saloons and taverns were abundant. Street scuffles and barroom brawls were regular, especially on Saturday nights, after the laborers were paid. By Sunday morning, numerous drunks—like Manley Locke, who would eventually go on to kill another man in a fight—were confined to the lockup in the village hall. It was at this time that the Village of Honeoye Falls earned the name “Murderville.” As the town and village turn two hundred, join local historians Diane Ham and Lynne Menz as they explore the peaceful region’s vicious history. Includes photos!

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Genre: History
Author: Diane Ham
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Release: 2013-08-13
File: 129 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781625845962

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A chronicle of murder and crime in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Mendon and Honeoye Falls, New York.

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Genre: History
Author: Diane Ham
Publisher: History Press
Release: 2013
File: 126 Pages
ISBN-13: 1626191417

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Presents a narrative account of the notorious 1964 Queens, New York murder of Kitty Genovese, in which several witnesses failed to help or call the police until after the event, and the aftermath of the crime for those involved, and the country as a whole.

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Genre: True Crime
Author: Catherine Pelonero
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
Release: 2014
File: 352 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781628737066

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Throughout the United States, there is no single major metropolitan area more closely connected to organized crime’s rapid ascendancy on a national scale than New York City. In 1920, upon the advent of Prohibition, Gotham’s shadowy underworld began evolving from strictly regional and often rag-tag street gangs into a sophisticated worldwide syndicate that was—like the chocolate egg crème—incubated within the confines of its five boroughs. New York City Gangland offers an unparalleled collection of rarely circulated images, many appearing courtesy of exclusive law enforcement sources, in addition to the private albums of indigenous racketeering figures such as Charles “Lucky” Luciano, Al “Scarface” Capone, Joe “The Boss” Masseria, “Crazy” Joe Gallo, and John Gotti.

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Genre: True Crime
Author: Arthur Nash
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Release: 2010-08-02
File: 128 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781439638712

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What is now called Auburn Correctional Facility has been open in Auburn since 1817, and it is the oldest continually operating prison in the country. Auburn's claim to being the preeminent American prison is bolstered by its many firsts. Auburn was the first prison in the world to house convicts in individual cells and the first prison in the country to employ a chaplain and put a matron in charge of the women prisoners. Auburn Prison developed the widely duplicated system of inmate management that became known as the Auburn System, a totally silent regimen of forced labor and complete control. Auburn was the first prison to separate mentally unstable inmates from the general population and was the site of the world's first use of the electric chair for capital punishment. The prison was at the front line of the prison reform movement in the early 20th century when Thomas Mott Osborne was voluntarily incarcerated and helped found the Mutual Welfare League in Auburn Prison in 1913.

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Genre: Photography
Author: Eileen McHugh
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Release: 2010-05-10
File: 128 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781439623619

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Today you’d call Ballantyne suburban, but back then, at the start of the summer of 1966, it was country — just a cluster of houses, some of them shacks, on or near Ballantyne Road, in the Town of Chili, NY. And while June 25 started like any other day it would end in a nightmare. In The Devil at Genesee Junction, veteran crime writer, Michael Benson, returns to his formerly rural hometown to take on the double homicide of his friends Kathy Bernhard and George-Ann Formiciola that took place that night. The two girls were missing for a month and then found in the bushes horribly mutilated. The double homicide changed the author’s childhood suddenly, and drastically. He went from living in a rural playland, to being encased in fear, wondering who among them was the werewolf who cut up Kathy and George-Ann. This heinous crime was never resolved, and didn’t go away. In recent years, the author has teamed up with a victim’s mom, and a local private investigator to delve deep into the 6/66 murders, developing along the way some strong new leads and shocking details. Together they have heated up this icy cold case, and their investigation has led them in a startling new direction.

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Genre: True Crime
Author: Michael Benson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Release: 2015-11-05
File: 364 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781442252349

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In just two years, a would-be Messiah used lyrics from the most popular Rock and Roll band and verses from the most read book to create an infamous cult. This "family" remained run-of-the-mill until... August 16, 1969. Exactly one week after the hideously bizarre Tate-LaBianca murders. 200 members of the Los Angeles Police Department including the SWAT team storm the ranch where the Manson Family is living and arrest everyone there... Two days later, all 24 detainees are simply released. Why would the LAPD apprehend every guilty party in the most notorious murders the city has ever experienced and then just let them go? Whether you know this story really well, or not very well at all, the Smiths will take you right back there with them. When Tex Watson's boots hit the ground as he drops onto the Sharon Tate compound you will feel and hear your boots drop right beside him. When Charles Manson delivers his "Helter Skelter" sermon on a cold New Year's Eve in 1968, to his Family who is huddled around the devilishly dancing flames of their bonfire in Death Valley trying to keep warm, you might feel a little chill run up your own spine. The overall feel of the book is one of Tim and Deb telling "insider secrets." That's a cool feeling. They're not real insiders, but metaphorically they - and anyone who grew up in that era - are. They have immersed themselves in the action and aren't afraid to play with it - no matter how serious the subject. Their impish anti-establishment flavor is appropriate - if not expected - for the era about which they write. Their use of limericks as a transition technique works brilliantly. That, combined with their irreverent Hunter S. Thompson style, brings an attitude to this time capsule in history like none before. It's engaging and entertaining and somehow manages to milk the story with just the right combination of tragedy and comedy. With the Manson murders, that's a fine line to walk and Tim and Deb somehow manage to knowledgeably negotiate this perilous path perfectly.

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Genre: History
Author: Deb Smith
Publisher:
Release: 2019-08-08
File: 210 Pages
ISBN-13: 1938465075

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Despite its early law enforcement presence, Prescott's place in the violent history of Yavapai County is written in blood. The jealousy, greed and pure meanness of some of its citizens produced shocking trails of destruction and death. The Keystone Saloon couldn't keep a proprietor--a series of owners was found dead with gunshot wounds. A driver-for-hire was brutally assaulted and his car stolen in Prescott's first homicidal carjacking. Two nurses conspired to poison a rich patient in their care. From the shootout that began Virgil Earp's career to knifings and dynamite attacks, Prescott history blogger Drew Desmond and Whiskey Row historian and author Bradley G. Courtney tell rarely heard stories that once rocked the town.

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Genre: True Crime
Author: Drew Desmond
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Release: 2020-09-21
File: 112 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781439671238

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While Liberty lies on her deathbed, A'shai recalls their violent past together, which includes a Mexican drug cartel, child brothels, and the Los Angeles underworld.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Ashley
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2013-04-30
File: 337 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781936399437

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Around Mendon and Honeoye Falls is a photographic essay that imparts a sense of the people who lived here and their activities from early times. The first pictorial history of the area, it contains images from the town historian's files, the village files, and the historical society files. Located south of Rochester in Monroe County, Mendon and its sole village, Honeoye Falls, were first settled in 1791. Mendon was officially organized in 1813, a few years before Rochester. Just far enough away from the bustle of that city, Mendon continues to be a lovely, rolling, rural township with a number of large farms, and Honeoye Falls continues to draw visitors throughout the year.

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Genre: History
Author: Diane C. Ham
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Release: 2004
File: 128 Pages
ISBN-13: 0738536776

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