October 30, 2013

Of Interest: Oct. 30, 2013

Local author appears on Discovery channel show

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.

Gooley’s onscreen 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 author of 16 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.”

For air times and a preview of the Mary Farmer segment of Bloody Marys, visit

North Country roads under watch for Halloween

State and local law enforcement agencies are out in force this week, using sobriety checkpoints and conducting saturation patrols to deter drunk driving as Halloween approaches. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2007 to 2011, 172 people, or 52 percent, of all national fatalities occurring on Halloween night lost their lives in a drunk driving-related crash.

Motorists are reminded that driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or higher will put them over the limit — if they don’t drive sober, they will get pulled over, a press release said. Law enforcement agencies are also cracking down on drivers who are impaired by drugs, both illegal and prescription.

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