The Somnambulism Defense: The Sleepwalking Murderer of Pembroke

Doubtless many people are murdered in their sleep. But its not often the would-be murderer is asleep, too, suffering from somnambulism. But that was the case in 1833 in Pembroke, N.H., or at least that’s what everyone believed.

It was January of 1833 when 18-year-old Abraham Prescott, a farm hand living with Sally and Chauncey Cochran, entered their bedroom and bashed them both over the head with an ax. | More…

| New England Historical Society

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