In August of 1801, a young man named Jason Fairbanks showed up on his sweetheart’s doorstep. He was covered in blood, and telling the story of a suicide pact gone wrong. This tale of a rich kid gone astray could be ripped from today’s tabloid headlines. Fairbanks and his presumed sweetheart Eliza Fales were the center of a sensational trial, a daring escape from jail, and a manhunt that stretched to the Canadian border. Does this story of star crossed lovers have a happy ending? Listen to this week’s show to find out!
The Grisly Fairbanks Murder
- The engraving at the top of this post is from a newspaper broadside, depicting the (spoiler alert!) execution of Jason Fairbanks.
- The paper “Melancholy Catastrophe” was a terrific source for this week’s show. Read part 1 and part 2.
This Week in Boston History
- A brief profile of Richard Gridley, Boston’s forgotten patriot.
- A Boston Archives page listing the dates of each annexation by the city.