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Local author's murder story to air on Halloween

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

The show, featuring four murderers named Mary, was produced by NBC Peacock Productions of the company’s news vision.

Gooley’s on screen narration relates the story of Mary Farmer of Brownville, a Watertown suburb. In a plot to steal her neighbor’s property in 1908, Farmer butchered Sarah Brennan and stored her body in a trunk. Both Mary 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. James was spared death by Mary’s last-minute confession.

Gooley, the award-winning author of sixteen 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. Among Gooley’s other titles is regional best-seller Terror in the Adirondacks: The True Story of Serial Killer Robert F. Garrow.

For air times and a preview of the Mary Farmer segment of Bloody Marys, visit http://investigation.discovery.com/tv-shows/bloody-marys/bloody-marys-videos/sneak-peek.htm

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