E155: Hannah Ocuish

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This week Beth and Wendy discuss the case of Hannah Ocuish, a 12 year old Native American girl who murdered a six year old white girl in Connecticut, way back in 1786.

We dive into the setting (10:15), the killers early life (27:23) and the timeline (42:26).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (52:15), “Where are they now?” followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (01:10:26).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered and our shout outs (01:16:07). 

This episode was researched & scripted by Minnie Williams.

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Footnotes

Articles/Websites

Wikipedia contributors. (03/17/2022). Hannah Ocuish. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 03/21/2022 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannah_Ocuish

Wikipedia contributors. (03/12/2022). Hannah (name). Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 03/21/2022 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannah_(name)

Citizen Potawatomi Nation. (04/06/2021). Disproportionate representation of Native Americans in foster care across United States. Retrieved 03/28/2022 from https://www.potawatomi.org/blog/2021/04/06/disproportionate-representation-of-native-americans-in-foster-care-across-united-states/

Connecticuthistory.org. (12/20/2021). A Most Unusual Criminal Execution in New London. Retrieved 03/28/2022 from https://connecticuthistory.org/a-most-unusual-criminal-execution-in-new-london-2/

New England Historical Society. (2021). Hannah Cranna, the Connecticut Witch Who Didn’t Stand Trial. Retrieved 03/28/2022 from https://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/hannah-cranna-connecticut-witch-didnt-stand-trial/

Yung, A. (07/15/2020). The 12-Year-Old Mixed-Race Girl Hanged For Murder. History of Yesterday. Retrieved 03/28/2022 from https://historyofyesterday.com/the-12-year-old-mixed-raced-girl-hanged-for-murder-fb019f418cd0

Wikipedia contributors. (03/30/2022). Mary Bell. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 04/01/2022 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Bell

Hopkins, C. (12/20/2008). 1786: Hannah Ocuish, age 12. Executedtoday.com. Retrieved 04/01/2022 from http://www.executedtoday.com/2008/12/20/1786-hannah-ocuish-age-12/

Wikipedia contributors. (11/01/2021). Richard Law (judge). Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 04/01/2022 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Law_(judge)

Stagis, J. (04/01/2014). A Girl, 12, Is Hanged In Connecticut For Murder In 1786. Hartford Courant. Retrieved 04/01/2022 from https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-250-hannah-occuish-20140401-story.html

Poitras, C. (05/22/1996). 1786: A fight over strawberries; a girl is hanged. Hartford Courant. Retrieved 04/01/2022 from https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-xpm-1996-05-23-9605230225-story.html

Halttunen, K. (12/17/2007). Divine Providence and Dr. Parkman’s Jawbone: The Cultural Construction of Murder as Mystery. Nationalhumanitiescenter.org. Retrieved 04/01/2022 from https://web.archive.org/web/20120722061943/http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/ideasv41/halttun4.htm

Brumfield, D. (11/07/2021). Eating our Young – The Hanging of 12-Year-old Hannah Ocuish. Lesson from History. Retrieved 04/01/2022 from https://medium.com/lessons-from-history/eating-our-young-b1b9d65f4856

Hartford Courant. (12/25/1786). New London Dec 22. Retrieved 04/01/2022 from https://www.newspapers.com/clip/76181805/hannah-ocuish/

Hartford Courant. (10/06/1786). New London Oct 6. Retrieved 04/01/2022 from https://www.newspapers.com/clip/76181838/hannah-ocuish/

Hartford Courant. (10/30/1786). New London Oct 20. Retrieved 04/01/2022 from https://www.newspapers.com/clip/76181753/hannah-ocuish/

Hartford Courant. (07/31/1786). New London July 28. Retrieved 04/01/2022 from https://www.newspapers.com/clip/76181603/hannah-occuish/

History

Wikipedia contributors. (03/20/2022). Connecticut. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 03/21/2022 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connecticut

Wikipedia contributors. (02/20/2022). Pequots. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 03/21/2022 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pequots

Native Languages of the Americas. (2020). Native American Tribes of Connecticut. Retrieved 03/21/2022 from http://www.native-languages.org/connecticut.htm

Tewa, S. (02/01/2017). 10 little-known facts about African-American trailblazers in Connecticut. Ctpost. Retrieved 04/04/2022 from https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/10-little-known-facts-about-African-American-10898652.php

Bestweb.net. (02/04/2009). Regional Studies The Northeast. Retrieved 04/04/2022 from https://web.archive.org/web/20090204011756/http://users.bestweb.net/~rg/execution/regional_studies_northeast.htm

Linn, A. (02/13/2016). History of Death Penalty for Juvenile Offenders. Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. Retrieved 04/04/2022 from https://jjie.org/2016/02/13/history-of-death-penalty-for-juvenile-offenders/

Wikipedia contributors. (03/10/2022). Furman v. Georgia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 04/04/2022 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furman_v._Georgia

Share America. (01/20/2016). Connecticut: Maritime history, performing arts and world-class pizza. Retrieved 04/11/2022 from https://share.america.gov/connecticut-maritime-history-arts-pizza/

Tribalpedia. (n.d.). Pequot Tribe. Retrieved 04/11/2022 from https://www.tribalpedia.com/us-tribes/m-r/pequot-tribe/

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