Courthouse Lecture Series: Crime and Punishment in Early Litchfi
Date: April 3, 2016
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Litchfield History Museum
Age(s): All
Fee: Donations encouraged
Registration: Yes, email registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org
Description: Part of the Law in the Hills: Litchfield Courthouse, Celebrated Cases, and Legal Leading Lights lecture series. As a judicial center, Litchfield has long been associated with aspects of the county that aren't advertised in visitor's brochures. These range from the abhorrent misdeeds of infamous criminals to the brutal ways in which they were punished. Included are tales of vigilantes and the often comical ways in which crime was fought. In this talk excerpted from his forthcoming book Wicked Litchfield County, historian Peter Vermilyea will discuss violence between the earliest settlers and Native Americans, the well-known story of Barnett Davenport (allegedly the nation's first mass murderer), and the means by which authorities sought to maintain law and order. This lecture series is cosponsored by the Litchfield County Bar Association.