Barrows, Charles H. (Charles Henry), 1853-1918

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Edward F. Costello was born in Keshcarrigan, Ireland, in the mid-1860s, and lived with his maternal grandparents after losing his father at the age of 7. In 1879, they sent him to the United States, where he lived for a time in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, working at a succession of factory jobs. He moved to Palmer, Massachusetts, in 1886, and obtained employment as a brakeman with the New London Northern Railroad; he later had an accident that cost him a leg. He married Adelaide Victoria Burns (b. 1866) on December 25, 1887, and their son, William A. Costello, was born on November 7, 1888. Costello, often drunk, grew jealous of his wife, whom he suspected of cheating on him. On June 11, 1890, after discovering that his wife was pregnant with their second child, he shot and killed William and attempted to kill Adelaide. He faced indictment in Springfield, Massachusetts, in September 1890, and his case went to trial on April 6, 1891. After his insanity plea failed, Costello was sent to the Massachusetts State Prison in Boston; he was released in the spring of 1913. Adelaide's second child, also a son named William, was born in September 1890.

From the guide to the Edward F. Costello Trial transcripts, Costello, Edward F. Trial transcripts, 1881-1913, 1891, (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan)

Barrows was a lawyer in Springfield, Mass.

From the description of Papers, 1868-1918. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122412017

From the guide to the Papers, 1868-1918., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

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associatedWith Abbott, Edward, 1841-1908 person
associatedWith Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879 person
associatedWith Bancroft, George, 1800-1891 person
associatedWith Baring-Gould, Sabine, 1834-1924 person
associatedWith Barrows, Charles Henry, 1853-1918 person
associatedWith Bartlett, John Russell, 1805-1886 person
associatedWith Bates, Katherine Lee, 1859-1929 person
associatedWith Bowles, Samuel, 1851-1915 person
associatedWith Chamberlain, Eugene Tyler, 1856- person
associatedWith Col. Tappan person
associatedWith Costello, Edward F. person
associatedWith Edward Abbott person
associatedWith Finck, Henry Theophilus, 1854-1926 person
associatedWith Fiske, John, 1842-1901 person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, Percy, 1834-1925 person
associatedWith Gardiner, Robert Hallowell, 1855-1924 person
associatedWith George, Henry, 1839-1897. person
associatedWith Gladden, Washington, 1836-1918 person
associatedWith Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909 person
associatedWith Harvard Advocate corporateBody
associatedWith Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904 person
associatedWith Hoar, Rockwood, 1855-1906 person
associatedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Howe, Julia (Ward) 1819-1910 person
correspondedWith Immigration Restriction League (U.S.). corporateBody
associatedWith Jackson, Helen (Fiske) Hunt, 1831-1885 person
associatedWith Jeanne R. Barrows person
associatedWith Kaneko, Kentarō, 1853-1942. person
associatedWith Kaneko, Kentaro, viscount, 1853- person
correspondedWith Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882 person
associatedWith Lowell, Francis Cabot, 1855-1911 person
associatedWith Lucas, Edward Verrall, 1868-1938 person
associatedWith Massachusetts. Superior Court (Hampden County) corporateBody
associatedWith Morton, Marcus, 1819-1891 person
associatedWith Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908. person
associatedWith Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893 person
associatedWith Pease, Theodore Claudius, d. 1893 person
associatedWith Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884 person
associatedWith Sabine family family
associatedWith Sabine family. family
associatedWith Severance, Mark Sibley, 1846-1931 person
associatedWith Smith, Francis Hopkinson, 1838-1915 person
associatedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
associatedWith Swift, Lindsay, 1856-1921 person
associatedWith Thwing, Charles Franklin, 1853-1937 person
correspondedWith Wendell family. family
associatedWith Wharton, Francis, 1820-1889 person
associatedWith Woodberry, George Edward, 1855-1930. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Palmer (Mass.)
Insanity defense
Insanity (Law)
Trials (Murder)


Birth 1853

Death 1918



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