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Historic Crimes & Justice in Portsmouth, New Hampshire David Ferland

Historic Crimes & Justice in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

David Ferland

Published May 27th 2014
ISBN : 9781625847140
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144 pages
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The first courts handled crimes like lying, idleness and card playing with punishments that ranged from fines to public whipping to death by hanging. Constables kept order until Portsmouths first police officer took up the shield in 1800. But noMoreThe first courts handled crimes like lying, idleness and card playing with punishments that ranged from fines to public whipping to death by hanging. Constables kept order until Portsmouths first police officer took up the shield in 1800. But no force could keep all crime at bay. The court sentenced the beautiful, educated Ruth Blay to hanging on shaky evidence that she might have killed her baby. Business magnate Frank Jones played corrupt politics, succumbed to extramarital temptations and helped make Water Street the red-lighted rum hole destination of the eastern seaboard. Mischievous sailors came into port looking to spend their money, finding ample opportunity in Portsmouths bowery bordellos. Retired Portsmouth police officer David Lou Ferland traces the history of Portsmouth crime and justice from the first courts to todays award-winning police department.