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

Court St., Elizabethtown, NY
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.
Daily 10 am - 5 pm, late May - mid-Oct. (Virus outbreak may affect access to attraction. Call to verify.)
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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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