The pristine waters of the Finger Lakes inspire tranquility,but the region has not been spared a history of high-profile murders. George Chapman’s execution for killing a hostler in a drunken rage drew one of the largest crowds in Seneca County’s history. Charles Sprague was the only person from Yates County to be executed and the last person electrocuted at Auburn Prison after shooting a neighbor in a dispute over potatoes. A plea of insanity did not save James Williams from the electric chair after murdering an elderly man and attempting to rape a teenage girl. In the Feedbag Murderthe body of a missing man was found in a canaland his friend was acquitted of the murder despite confessing to the crime years later. Author R. Marcin explores the gruesome history of homicide in the Finger Lakes.
Murder and Mayhem in the Finger Lakes
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