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Portland Neck: The Hanging of Thomas Bird Paperback – May 27, 2010
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About the Author
Jerry Genesio is also the author of Stoking the Embers of War, a historical novel about Portland, Maine, in the aftermath of the American Revolution. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History summa cum laude from the University of Southern Maine. He was employed as a Maine Historian and Special Collections Assistant with the Portland Public Library, Portland, Maine, retiring in 2003. Jerry lives with his wife, Judy, in Bridgton, Maine.
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The book tracks Englishman Thomas Bird through his short life, beginning with his running off to sea at the age of eight and ending on the gibbet in Portland, Maine charged with the murder of his ship's captain. It includes Bird's personal testimony of the events that lead him to his demise.
The book also includes biographical sketches of the key players in the trial, many of whom were the leading citizens of Portland.
The third section of the book includes descriptions of early Portland as it was at the time of Bird's hanging.
A very well-done historical account of particular interest to those who are interested in the early workings of our newly minted judicial system, the seafaring life, the death penalty debate, Maine history, and particularly the history of Portland.