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The Jefferson County Egan Murders - Nightmare on New Year's Eve 1964 - cover

The Jefferson County Egan Murders - Nightmare on New Year's Eve 1964

Dave Shampine, Daniel T. Boyer

Publisher: The History Press

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The true story of a triple murder that shocked a New York community and drew the interest of famed criminal defense attorney F. Lee Bailey.   Twenty-seven-year-old Peter Egan, his wife Barbara Ann, and Peter’s younger brother Gerald were familiar to Watertown, New York, authorities long before December 31, 1964. The police suspected the brazen trio in a long string of burglaries and petty crimes. They were also under investigation by the FBI for grand theft auto. But on that New Year's night, the Egan family’s criminal career came to a violent end. All three were found with a bullet to the head at a rest stop off Interstate 81.   The gruesome killings puzzled local and state police. Was it a random murder? A confrontation gone awry? Or a premeditated act of retribution by hardened criminals who feared the Egans would turn state's witness? Then, a surprise arrest was made. But when F. Lee Bailey, lawyer for the self-confessed Boston Strangler, entered the fray, the case took an unexpected twist that shrouded the murders in mystery to this day.
Available since: 10/14/2014.
Print length: 96 pages.

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