1797: Thomas Starr Hanged for Murder

Thomas Starr was a descendant of a wealthy merchant family in Middletown, Connecticut. Starr was about twenty-five years old when he committed the murder of Samuel Cornwall on August 2, 1796. Starr stabbed Cornwall seven times with what is said to be a “penknife.”

Cornwall died eleven days after the stabbing. Records do not reveal any motive for the crime. Starr was convicted and hanged in front of a large crowd in Middletown on June 14, 1797.

Story contributed by Kimberly Singh.

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