LOCATION4th Floor
Call No. KF223.G67 C37 2013
Author Caranci, Paul F.
Title The hanging & redemption of John Gordon : the true story of Rhode Island's last execution / Paul F. Caranci.
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 4th Floor  KF223.G67 C37 2013    3500501351048Z  
 Acknowledgements7
 Foreword / Dr. Patrick T. Conley9
Section I The Confluence of Events Creates an Atmosphere Conducive to an American Miscarriage of Justice 
1.Roger Williams Organizes a New Colony and Delivers a Royal Charter with Earth-Shattering Implications15
2.The Sprague Family: An Accumulation of Financial Wealth and Immense Political Power21
3.Irish Catholic Immigrants Are Blamed and Punished for Rebellious Reform Attempts31
4.One Irish Catholic Family's Quest for Opportunity45
Section II December 31, 1843: The Dawn of a Glorious Day 
5.Between Eight O'clock in the Morning and Noon59
6.Between Noon and Half Past One in the Afternoon63
7.Between Half Past One and Half Past Two in the Afternoon67
8.Between Half Past Two and Half Past Three in the Afternoon71
9.Between Half Past Three and Half Past Four: Murder in the Afternoon75
10.Between Half Past Four and Six O'clock in the Evening81
11.Between Six O'clock and Eight O'clock in the Evening85
12.Between Eight O'clock and Ten O'clock in the Evening87
Section III A Stunned Community Reacts 
13.Monday, January 1: A "Most Atrocious Murder"91
14.Tuesday, January 2: Suspects Are Rounded Up Even as Evidence Is Being Gathered97
15.Wednesday, January 3: Providence Journal Shows Evidence of Bias103
16.Friday, January 5: The Funeral of Amasa Sprague105
17.January 9-April 8: The Two Sides Prepare for Trial109
Section IV John and William Gordon Go on Trial for Their Lives 
18.The Trial, Day One: Monday, April 8: "Some Man Hath Impiously Assumed the Prerogative of His Creator"115
19.The Trial, Day Two: Tuesday, April 9: "I Might Be Mistaken about Its Being Blood"121
20.The Trial, Day Three: Wednesday, April 10: "I Cannot Swear This Is the Same Gun"129
21.The Trial, Day Four: Thursday, April 11: "There, You May Go Now"133
22.The Trial, Day Five: Friday, April 12: "Madder Makes a Stain Like Blood"139
23.The Trial, Day Six: Saturday, April 13: "Should Think a Man Might Be Seen Passing across the Field to the Back Door of the Gordons' House from the Cranston Road"141
24.The Trial, Days Seven and Eight: Monday, April 15---Tuesday, April 16: "If You Want to Whip a Dog, You Will Find a Stick in Every Bush"143
25.The Trial, Day Nine: Wednesday, April 17: "I Can Only Hope to Present the Naked Facts"147
26.The Verdict: Wednesday, April 17: "It Is You, William, Who Have Hung Me"151
27.Post Trial: April 18-October 9: "I Further Declare, That I Never Knew That Gentleman"155
28.The Trial of Nicholas Gordon: October 19-October 31: "It Resembles the Gun I Saw John Have, in Its General Appearance"159
29.The Execution of John Gordon: "I Do, I Forgive All My Enemies, and Persecutors. I Forgive Them for They Know Not What They Do"161
30.The Second Trial of Nicholas Gordon: "Thank God I Didn't Kill Him. I Wasn't There"169
31.The Pardon of John Gordon: "Forgiveness Is the Ultimate Revenge"173
32.The Haunting of Spraguesville: "Tell My Story"181
 Bibliography185
 Index189
 About the Author192
Published Charleston, SC : History Press, 2013.
Description 191 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [185]-188) and index.
Contents The confluence of events create an atmosphere conducive to an American miscarriage of justice -- December 31, 1843: the dawn of a glorious day -- A stunned community reacts -- John and William Gordon go on trial for their lives.
Summary "On a frigid day in 1843, Amasa Sprague, a wealthy Yankee mill owner, left his mansion to check on his cattle. On the way, he was accosted and beaten beyond recognition, and his body was left facedown in the snow. What followed was a trial marked by judicial bias, witness perjury and societal bigotry that resulted in the conviction of twenty-nine-year-old Irish-Catholic John Gordon. He was sentenced to hang. Despite overwhelming evidence that the trial was flawed and newly discovered evidence that clearly exonerated him, an anti–Irish Catholic establishment refused him a new trial. On February 14, 1845, John Gordon became the last victim of capital punishment in Rhode Island."--Page [4] of cover.
Subject Gordon, John, -1845 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Gordon, William, active 1843 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Trials (Murder) -- Rhode Island -- Providence.
Irish Americans -- Rhode Island -- Providence -- History.
Variant Title Hanging and redemption of John Gordon
ISBN 9781609498689 (paperback)
1609498682 (paperback)
OCLC No. or Control No. 827261505