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newspaper accounts of the Pocasset murder (Edith Burgess Freeman, d. 1879)


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selected newspaper articles about the Pocasset murder


Posted here is a downloadable Word file comprised of transcripts of newspaper articles about the so called Pocasset murder of Edith Burgess Freeman by her father, Charles F. Freeman, on Cape Cod in 1879.

The murder was widely covered nationwide. Selected articles about the case have been transcribed here. It should be noted that many newspapers copied accounts that had been published elsewhere.

My thanks to Stephen Best for copying me on key articles on the Pocasset murder: Indianapolis News, May 6, 1879 and a series of articles that appeared sequentially in the Falmouth (MA) Enterprise on June 8, July 12, July 15, and July 19, 1938. These key articles follow immediately in the attached document. Other articles transcribed by Roger W. Smith are included on following pages; these articles were contemporaneous with the case (with the exception of one retrospective article published in 1885) and are ordered chronologically.


— Roger W. Smith

     August 2016

the Pocasset murder (1879)




‘The Pocasset Murder’





See attached, downloadable Word document (above).

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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







Freenan Pocasset house

The Freeman house in Pocasset, MA. (See text pertaining to in the article, attached as a Word document.)