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Adirondack historian to appear on televised Halloween special

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Lawrence P. Gooley, an Adirondack historian and true-crime author from the Plattsburgh area, will appear on the Investigation Discovery channel at midnight Halloween, Thursday, in a special titled “Bloody Marys.”

The show, featuring four murderers named Mary, was produced by NBC Peacock Productions.

Mr. Gooley’s onscreen narration relates the story of Mary Farmer of Brownville. According to a news release, in a plot to steal her neighbor’s property in 1908, Farmer butchered Sarah Brennan and stored her body in a trunk.

Both Farmer and her husband, James, were convicted of murder and sentenced to death, with Mary becoming only the second woman in New York state to die in the electric chair. Mr. Farmer was spared death by Mary’s last-minute confession.

Mr. Gooley, an award-winning author of 16 regional books and co-owner of Bloated Toe Publishing with his wife, Jill Jones, was flown to New York City in July for the filming, which took place at the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park.

The Mary Farmer story is based on a chapter of his recent book, “25 Diabolical Adirondack Murders: The Twisted, Fiendish Deeds of North Country Killers.

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