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The Crime of the (Eighteenth) Century
Today, February 3rd, marks the anniversary of the first mass murder in the post-revolutionary United States. Two hundred and thirty-one years ago today, Barnett Davenport, a young man living in Litchfield County, Connecticut murdered his landlord, Mr. Caleb Mallory, and Mallory’s wife and granddaughter. He then stole anything of value and set fire to the …