This blackjack was the actual murder weapon in an infamous bank robbery in Somersworth. On April 16, 1897 at Great Falls National Bank, elderly cashier Joseph Stickney was robbed of $4,125 by 24-year-old Joseph Kelley, then hit several times on the head with this lead club, then had his throat cut with a razor. Kelley fled by train to Montreal where he was soon captured, wearing a woman’s dress, in a brothel. He was tried in Dover, pleaded guilty, and asked to be hanged because he had “a contract with the devil”. He was judged insane and sentenced to 30 years in the NH State Prison in Concord.
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