The three part story of Howard C. Benham, who was arrested for murdering his young, wealthy wife, sentenced to die, was about to be electrocuted, then had a second trial, subsequently acquitted, was one of my more popular posts. This case was discovered when I began researching a distant relative of mine, Delight Adams Benham. Recently, I received a very interesting comment about the sheriff responsible for transporting Howard, and felt it should be shared. I was absolutely thrilled with the comment, and you will see why.
*Like all of you, we love getting clues from readers, and I was delighted to hear from Candi. Immediately, I went to work to try and locate information about William H. Heal. It wasn't hard.
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Candi (see * above) sent me the following information on Henry Sidney Benham, the two-year old son, of the murdered wife and mother. "I just wanted to let you know I'd done some more research on Henry C. Benham, most notably his son Henry Sidney Benham, who was 2 when his mother was murdered. It turns out he lived with his maternal grandparents, Peter and Mary Farrant, later taking their last name and going by his middle name
I did a social security death index search on Sidney Farrant and found that he died September 1977 and his last benefit was sent to