To the Hanging Tree

Donna T. Andrew and Randall McGowen

in The Perreaus and Mrs. Rudd

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780520220621
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923706 | DOI:
To the Hanging Tree

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This chapter describes the public execution of seven men hanged for property offenses. It notes that these men were Lyon Abrahams and Saunders Alexander, convicted of burglary, George Lee, a handsome eighteen year old condemned for highway robbery, two coiners, Richard Baker and John Radcliffe, the twin brothers, Daniel and Robert Perreau, convicted of forgery. It further notes that although the brothers had been convicted of forgery, they continued to protest that they were the victims of a beautiful, intelligent, and dangerous courtesan, Mrs. Margaret Caroline Rudd. It relates that when the crime was first detected in March, the brothers insisted on their innocence and alleged that Mrs.Rudd, Daniel's mistress, had entrapped them.

Keywords: public execution; Lyon Abrahams; Saunders Alexander; George Lee; Richard Baker; John Radcliffe; Daniel and Robert Perreau; forgery; Mrs. Margaret Caroline Rudd; courtesan

Chapter.  2684 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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