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‘Murder and Mayhem in Washington County’ topic of History Symposium at Machias

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MACHIAS, Maine — “Murder and Mayhem in Washington County” will be the topic during the annual History Symposium 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 15, at Holy Name Parish Hall, Broadway.

The symposium is sponsored each fall by the Machias Historical Society.

Tragic events that took place in the past will be told, including three murders and one horrific accident.  Perhaps the most dreadful will be the story of “Murder at Fletcher Brook” which is the tale of the murder of Game Warden Lyman O. Hill of Whiting, and his cousin Charles Niles of Wesley.

Actual newspaper accounts of the murder and the following trials have been found and members of the historical society will ‘play’ the part of some of those directly involved in one way or another in the murder. It should prove to be both ‘eye-opening’ and interesting look into the lives of those people who lived back in 1886.

The event is being held free of charge and refreshments will be served.