Killing Time in the Catskills: The Twisted Tale of the Catskill Ripper Elizabeth “Lizzie” McNally Halliday (Self Published, 2019) by Kevin Owen is the true account of serial killer Lizzie Halliday (c. 1859 – 1918), who was responsible for several deaths in the Catskills area during the late nineteenth century.
In her late twenties, Halliday left behind a trail of failed marriages, bigamy, horse theft, arson, insurance fraud and multiple murders. She killed a nurse while institutionalized and is speculated to have killed her first two husbands. After her sensational trial in Monticello in Sullivan County, NY, Halliday became the first woman in the world sentenced to die in the electric chair. Although eventually locked behind bars for life, she managed to continue her crimes.
Author Kevin Owen provides a timeline of her life, outlining the most accurate account of Lizzie Halliday’s disturbing criminal career. Includes a book signing and sale.
Kevin Owen is an author, artist and forensic researcher living in Sullivan County, NY. After Owen’s initial research found various inconsistencies and missing information in Lizzie Halliday’s criminal career led the author down a rabbit hole of exploration and forensic research into this crazed killer. What was amassed from this research was compiled and led to the book, Killing Time in the Catskills, not only a detailed expose on Lizzie’s crimes but also providing a biography of Lizzie Halliday, her victims and acquaintances.
“Killing Time in the Catskills,” a book talk by author Kevin Owen will be held at the Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville in the Town of Neversink, in Sullivan County, on Saturday July 16th at 2 pm. Admission to the program is free for Museum members and $5 for non-members.
For virtual attendance, non-members can make a donation on the Museum’s website. To register and receive a program link, email firstname.lastname@example.org and put Killing Time in the Catskills Zoom Link Request in the subject line, or call (845) 985-7700.
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