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Bathsheba Spooner: A Revolutionary Murder Conspiracy

May 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

On Saturday, May 27 from noon-1:30 pm, come hear from local author Andrew Noone, author of Bathsheba Spooner: A Revolutionary Murder Conspiracy. The book details the most sensational crime of the Revolution. The title character, when five months pregnant, was hanged alongside her three British and American accomplices. Spooner, John Adams’ second cousin, was the first woman executed in the new U.S., the instigator behind the nation’s premier capital case. Spooner was the favorite child of Massachusetts’ most prominent loyalist, Brig. Gen. Timothy Ruggles, who established his legal career at Rochester.

Named #1 new release, US Revolution, at Amazon, the book was highlighted in Kirkus Reviews’ first issue of 2022. The author has given over sixty podcasts and readings, including those for dozens of historical societies and libraries, such as Boston’s Old North Church, Worcester, Plymouth, Salem and Lexington. The book, now in the collections of the American Antiquarian and Massachusetts Historical Societies (as well as here at Plumb Library) has sold over 1,200 copies.

The author will provide a brief synopsis of the book, present relevant historical images, share answers to his most frequently asked questions and read two short excerpts from the book, followed by a Q&A and book signing. Copies will be available for sale. Please register for this free event through our online Events Calendar. Thank you to the Friends of Plumb Library for sponsoring this event.


May 27
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm