Historical society awarded for book about 1854 Cutchogue murder

03/19/2014 7:00 AM |
'Murder on Long Island: A Nineteenth-Century Tale of Tragedy & Revenge' by Geoffrey Fleming & Amy Folk.

‘Murder on Long Island: A Nineteenth-Century Tale of Tragedy & Revenge’ by Geoffrey Fleming & Amy Folk.

An award of excellence has been given to Southold Historical Society by the Greater Hudson Heritage Network for its 2013 book “Murder on Lond Island: A Nineteenth Century Tale of Tragedy & Revenge.”

The book tells the story of the 1854 murders of Mr. and Mrs. James Wickham of Cutchogue. Nicholas Behan killed the Wickhams after he was fired over his harassment of a female employee who refused to marry him. He was hanged on Dec. 15, 1854.

Awards are given to projects that “exemplify creativity and professional vision resulting in a contribution to the preservation and interpretation of the historic scene, material culture and diversity of the region,” according to a press release.

The book is available at the historical society’s gift shop in downtown Southold. Visit southoldhistoricalsociety.org.

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