Part 1 Delight Adams Benham and is there a Story?
Part 11 Delight Adams Benham and There is a Story
Soon I indeed discovered there was a story. It unfolds below, minutes after I saw the first newspaper article.
To move the story along, I'll use the New York Times captions of their almost daily recaps of the trial of Mr. Benham.
June, 21, 1897: Opening of trial (continual daily front page reports);
July 29, 1897: Sentenced to chair;
July 30, 1897: To appeal;
Sept. 11, 1897: Request for new trial denied;
May, 16, 1899: Date fixed for second trial;
June, 13, 1899: Case in High Court - whole front page;
Sept. 22, 1899: To have new trial;
Oct. 24, 1899: To be electrocuted;
Dec. 29, 1899: Gov. Roosevelt grants stay to Feb. 12; New trial approved;
May 31, 1900: Trial now on;
June 21, 1900: Found Not Guilty!
I can only wonder how my 2nd great-grandaunt dealt with this tragic event. Delight's husband, then deceased, was a brother to Howard's grandfather. Delight was the wife of the granduncle of Howard, and I believe they met at some point, after all, they lived in the same area and shared the same surname. However, Delight died 1 1/2 years after the murder / death of Florence T. Benham.
I'm not sure why Delight chose not to leave any of her estate to her Benham step-sons, who had removed to Colorado, many years prior. It was because of the will and her not naming the step-sons that I decided to investigate and learn why. I found a whole new story.
There is so much more to tell; such as Howard's death, his father's death, the insurance problems, the 2nd wife's problem. These may be addressed in another blog.
Ruth McEvoy Collection Pgs. 27-32 Listing of all the New York Times articles for the Benham Family. (This was a unbelievable find, and proved very valuable in my research. I am unable to find any information on Ruth McEvoy.) Note: On April 22, 2011, I was unable to open this link.
American Druggist and Pharmaceutical Record, Volume 30 Page 57 (Google Books) First sentences below. To read more, click on above link.