This week in 1765

November 15th, 2012 by admin

“Crime. I ask forgiveness of all Men whom I have . . . injur’d, and pray they will forgive me, so I hope for Forgiveness of God.”

— Joseph Lightly, convicted of murder, hanging, Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Executed November 21, 1765

Lightly had married after lying to his betrothed about owning property and having money. When she discovered his deception, the marriage soured. Lightly became angry at what he claimed was her “adulterous behavior” and killed her.

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