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Discussion: "Last Woman Hanger: Roxalana Druse"

November 9, 2018

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Unity Hall

Phone: (315) 520-8231

101 Vanderkemp Avenue

Barneveld, NY 13304

“Last Woman Hanged: Roxalana Druse” Free Book Discussion with Historian and Author James M. Greiner

In 1887, in the nearby town of Herkimer, the last woman hanged in New York State was put to death for the grisly murder of her husband. This is the topic of James M. Greiner’s riveting book “The Last Woman Hanged: Roxalana Druse” which explores the truth behind the brutal murder that shook our area more than 130 years ago. History buffs can learn more and meet Greiner at a free discussion at Unity Hall in the Hinge Room on Friday, November 9 from 6-7:30pm.

Roxalana Druse’s murder of her abusive husband, her trial and hanging all took place in Greiner’s hometown of Herkimer. Woman’s rights activists fought for Roxalana’s innocence as did a local minister, but she was hanged nonetheless on Feb. 28,1887. This historical book explores the facts behind the local lore providing readers with exacting details of this fascinating case.

James M. Greiner is an independent historian and researcher.  He was also a teacher at West Canada School in Newport, NY.

This free event is sponsored by the Unity Hall Foundation Information about this and other Unity Hall events is available online at, and Facebook/HistoricUnityHall.