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Bathsheba Spooner: A Novel Deborah Navas

Bathsheba Spooner: A Novel

Deborah Navas

Published May 21st 2013
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292 pages
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In March 1778, Joshua Spooner, a wealthy gentleman farmer in Brookfield, Massachusetts, was beaten to death and his body stuffed down his own well. Four people were prosecuted for the crime: two British soldiers, a young Continental soldier namedMoreIn March 1778, Joshua Spooner, a wealthy gentleman farmer in Brookfield, Massachusetts, was beaten to death and his body stuffed down his own well. Four people were prosecuted for the crime: two British soldiers, a young Continental soldier named Ezra Ross, and Spooners wife, Bathsheba, who was charged with instigating the murder. She was thirty-two years old and five months pregnant with Ezra Ross’s son.Beautiful, intelligent, high-spirited, and witty, Bathsheba Spooner was the mother of three young children and in her own words felt an utter aversion for her husband, who was known to be an abusive drunk. As daughter of the states most feared and despised Loyalist, she bore the brunt of the political, cultural, and gender prejudices of her vehemently patriotic state. Supported by her prison confessor, she petitioned for a stay of execution to deliver her baby, but her fate rested upon the will of the Massachusetts Council, elected by a patriotic legislature. Newspapers described the Spooner case as the most extraordinary crime ever perpetrated in New England, and the story continues to attract the attention of readers and students of history to this day.