Herkimer College is hosting a signing and talk with the author of a new book about a notorious early 20th-century upstate murder case.
“A Woman Condemned: The Tragic Case of Ann Antonio,” by Herkimer County historian James Greiner and published by The Kent State University Press, is available for sale at the Herkimer County Historical Society and other retail locations.
The signing is 7 p.m. Oct. 3 in room CC288, the small auditorium, in the Robert McLaughlin College Center at Herkimer College, 100 Reservoir Road, Herkimer. The event is co-sponsored by the College’s History Club and the Herkimer County Historical Society, and is free and open to the public.
The book tells the tale of Anna Antonio, whose husband Salvatore was shot five times, stabbed a dozen more and left for dead in a culvert on a road outside of Hudson, New York on March 26, 1932. The family hailed from Albany. In the end, she was convicted of the murder and sentenced to death, along with two other men found to be her co-conspirators, Vincent Saetta and Sam Feraci. This is the first complete account of this historic case and leads readers to wonder if justice was really served.
Greiner is also the author of two works on the Civil War, “A Surgeon’s Civil War” and “Subdued By The Sword,” and of an examination of the Roxalana Druse case, “Last Woman Hanged.” It was from his research from this last book that he came across a list of other women who were executed. Greiner’s research opened up doors to more information, including tracing living family members who shared information and photos with him.
For more information, contact the Herkimer County Historical Society, 400 N. Main St., Herkimer, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, call 315-866-6413, or visit www.herkimercountyhistory.org.