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post updated – The Pocasset murder

 

 

See

 

the Pocasset murder (1879)

 

— Roger W. Smith

the Pocasset murder (1879)

 

 

 

the Pocasset murder

re the Pocasset murder – Falmouth Enterprise 5-22-1987

selected newspaper articles about the Pocasset murder – updated March 2021

 

NY Times 5-6-1879

NY Times 5-6-1879 (2)

Boston Globe 5-6-1880

Boston Globe 5-1-1883

Boston Globe 11-30-1883

Boston Globe 12-5-1883

Boston Globe 12-6-1883

NY Times 3-17-1887.

 

 

See attached, downloadable Word documents (above).

Plus, see text below (which includes a summary/abstract).

 

 

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Abstract:

 

Five year old Edith Burgess Freeman (b. July 27, 1874) was murdered in 1879 by her father in their home on the town of Pocasset on Cape Cod in what has been described as a “ritual killing.”

In this article, I have attempted to uncover the facts about the case. It was well publicized at the time, but seems to have been largely forgotten.

See attached downloadable Word file (above).

I became interested in the case, which I had never heard of until recently, because some of my mother’s distant ancestors and their relatives were involved. The murderer was the son-in-law of my mother’s great-grandmother.  And, my mother’s great-grandmother defended the actions of the son-in-law, Charles F. Freeman (the murderer); and of her daughter Hattie (Ellis) Freeman (my maternal grandfather’s aunt), who initially supported her husband, a religious fanatic, believing that his actions were justified on religious grounds.

 

– Roger W. Smith

     August 2016; updated March 2021

 

 

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Charles F. Freeman and his wife Harriet R. (Ellis) Freeman with granddaughter.

 

 

Harriet R. (Ellis) Freeman

 

 

The Freeman house in Pocasset