RUGGLES, Bathsheba [1746-1778] -- American murderess
Brookfield, MA. - July, 1778: Convicted of murdering her husband,
Joshua Spooner ¤,
beautiful Bathsheba was sentenced to hang.
Her appeal for a stay due to pregnancy, was denied
despite testimony of court appointed examiners that she was
"quick with child".
After her hanging, an autopsy showed that she had indeed been pregnant with
with a five month old fetus.
Subject of the book Murdered By His Wife, by Deborah Navas,
(University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 1999; ISBN 1-55849-227-5)
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