‘Last Woman Hanged’ talk Friday

Published Nov 7, 2018 at 4:00pm

BARNEVELD — Unity Hall, 101 Vanderkemp Ave., will host a talk on James M. Greiner’s book, “The Last Woman Hanged: Roxalana Druse,” from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 in the Hinge Room.

In 1887, in the nearby town of Herkimer, the last woman hanged in New York was put to death for the grisly murder of her husband. This is the topic Greiner’s book, which explores the truth behind the brutal murder that shook the area more than 130 years ago. History buffs can learn more and meet Greiner at the free discussion.

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

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

The free event is sponsored by the Unity Hall Foundation, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1995 to maintain the 1896 hall as a center for the arts and community activities in Barneveld.