Elizabethtown, New York: Skull and Noose of Last Man Hanged in Essex County

Henry Debosnys shot and stabbed his bride -- they had been married only a few weeks -- while riding in a buggy. He was hanged in 1883.

Adirondack History Center Museum

Address:
Court St., Elizabethtown, NY
Directions:
On the south side of downtown, in the Adirondack History Center Museum, which is in the old school building on the northeast corner of Court St./US 9 and Church St./Hand Ave.
Hours:
Daily 10 am - 5 pm, late May - mid-Oct. (Call to verify)
Phone:
518-873-6466
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Skull and Noose of Last Man Hanged in Essex County

The museum has a book about Debosnys titled "Adirondack Enigma" by Cheri L. Farnsworth. Debosnys apparently murdered two previous wives and was a cryptographer and fluent in six languages.

[Dan Kaplan, 10/02/2010]

The skull of wife murderer Henry Debosnys, convicted of killing his new bride and hanged in 1883, was preserved because he pre-sold his body to a local doctor for $15.

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