Following are some items that were mentioned during the 2 May 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Melinde Lutz Byrne about her book Lost Babes: Fornication Abstracts from Court Records, Essex County, Massachusetts, 1692-1745.
The podcast of the interview is now available.
Lost Babes: Fornication Abstracts from Court Records, Essex County, Massachusetts, 1692-1745, published by the author (1992), is out of print. You can find it for sale from used booksellers but perhaps the best place to find it is at a local or regional library. Here is a link to the book on the Worldcat website. If you enter your zip code it will show you the library closest to you.
The first part of the show discussed the ins and outs of fornication cases and how the courts handled them from a legal point of view. We discussed what happened to the mothers, the fathers and the role of the midwife during labor.
In the second half of the show we discussed the Jane Doe forensic case involving an unidentified woman who was murdered in New Hampshire many years ago. Melinde described her involved in the case and the course she took on facial reconstruction.
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