Friday, October 23, 2009

Murder at Darling Hill [Stonington, CT]

November Second Sunday
Murder at Darling Hill

Was Justice Served? You decide.

Sunday 8 November, 2pm
Stoneridge Retirement Community Auditorium
186 Jerry Brown Road, Mystic

Judith duPont has written an historical account that reads like murder-mystery fiction. But the facts are these: in the evening hours of 19 April, 1874, 17 year-old Irvin Langworthy was murdered in his home on Darling Hill in Stonington (near where present Route 1 ascends what is now know as Lord's Hill). An attempt was also made to kill his older brother, Courtland, who was found in his bed in a pool of blood. Suspicion almost immediately fell upon hired farm-hand Bill Libby, but there were some who suspected the Langworthy family.

The brutal murder led to sensational newspaper coverage in the New London Evening Telegram, the Mystic Press and the New York Times. The case was tried in New London County Courthouse and Libby was given a life sentence. But was he guilty? Join us as we look more deeply into this case and we learn more about the community as we see how they reacted to the ongoing saga.

Buy a copy of the book, $15, at the Shaw Mansion, at the Stonington Historical Society, or at Bank Square Books in Mystic; or borrow a copy from your local library and read it before Judith's presentation so you'll be able to judge all of the evidence. (Stoneridge residents can obtain copies of the book from Jack Kurrus.)

Free for members, Stoneridge residents and their guests
$5 for others Free Parking is available.

Founded in 1870, the New London County Historical Society is the oldest historical organization in eastern Connecticut. The Shaw Mansion, located near the intersection of Bank and Tilley Streets in New London, has been our home since 1907.
Edward Baker Executive Director 860.443.1209

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