Chapter

The Trial

Matthew G. Schoenbachler

in Murder and Madness

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125664
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135373 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125664.003.0008
The Trial

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The trial, to read the Confession, was an utter travesty, and Jereboam Beauchamp the victim of a “tornado of prejudice”. There has been a disappearance of evidence at the trial and it provides obvious examples of perjury and perhaps bribery. Bizarrely, Beauchamp at times seemed to enjoy his own murder trial. The defense denied not only that Beauchamp had killed Solomon Sharp but that he had any ill will toward the man at all—despite the fact that everyone knew that his wife had previously charged Sharp with seduction and abandonment. The state's first order of business was the unexpectedly easy task of establishing Beauchamp's habit of announcing his intent to murder Solomon Sharp. The prosecution focused a great deal of attention on the erstwhile handkerchief and brought forth a number of witnesses who testified that Beauchamp was wearing a similar one before the murder. The Commonwealth of Kentucky would execute Jereboam O. Beauchamp on June 16.

Keywords: Jereboam Beauchamp; murder trial; Solomon Sharp; prosecution; handkerchief; Commonwealth of Kentucky; seduction; abandonment

Chapter.  7600 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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