Detective Michael Worden will explore crime scenes based on true historical crimes from the Hudson Valley and Orange County with an emphasis on the murder of Richard Jennings in Sugar Loaf - New York's first murder for hire...
The brutal murder of Richard Jennings in December 1818 would gain notoriety as the first murder for hire in New York. Five people - James and Hannah Teed, David Dunning, David Conkling and Jack Hodges - had conspired to murder Jennings after a long series of court battles over land; and they did. An imperfect crime, the conspiracy quickly unraveled and the perpetrators were arrested. Future President Martin Van Buren assisted in prosecuting the case which ended with a few surprising twists - who would end up being hanged before a crowd of almost 20,000 people? And which of the murderers would end up with a monument in his honor? Author and Police detective Michael J. Worden explores the complexity of this incident in an entertaining, yet historically accurate manner, examining the case from the origins of the dispute, to the plot, murder, and aftermath. Worden has redefined what a book in the true crime genre should be.
An adult program.