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Turning Back the Pages

The saga of Timothy Hill

I was gratified to receive several calls from readers concerning the May 12 article in this column of the life of Timothy Hill and his famous 1912 murder trial. The man was an Adirondack legend in his own time and the story is still recalled by many today. He was accused of murdering his live-in girlfriend by forcing her to drink strychnine while the defense contended that she had taken her own life.

A century ago, the famous murder case concerning the death of Anna Loveland was the subject of endless speculation in area homes, churches, barber shops and pool halls. Even now, some readers are familiar with the story. In the words of poet John Greenleaf Whittier, “Judge of the wonder, guess at the fear! Think what ancient gossips might say, shaking their heads in their dreary way, between the meetings on Sabbath-day.” To the amazement of nearly everyone, the jury brought in a verdict of Not Guilty.

Hill goes to meet his maker

Timothy Hill died Jan. 13, 1941 at Marcy state mental hospital. He was survived by his brother, George M. Hill of Riverbank. According to former Warrensburgh resident Murray Pratt, a distant relative, near the end of his life Tim Hill had been living at the Warren County Home in Warrensburgh for quite some time until home staff could no longer handle him because he was so violent and mean. They sent him to Marcy because he could no longer be restrained.

Upon his death, the Woodward Funeral Home in Warrensburgh transported his remains to Horicon where he was laid to rest in the South Brant Lake Cemetery (also called the Bartonville Cemetery) in a silent grave, in readiness for him to meet his maker — He took many secrets with him.

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