A judge in 17th century Connecticut ruled on the thorniest of problems. Some of these included ruling on a piglet’s paternity, who was to blame for faulty shoes, and whether illicit sex had occurred on a boat sailing to Stamford.
While most of the rulings wouldn’t stand up in today’s court, our earliest settlers struggled to decide a fair price to pay under a harsh system. This hour, Connecticut Superior Court Judge Jon Blue shares some of the liveliest tales from our past, vividly described by court reporters not bound by modern day legalese.
A little later, we also hear an interview with journalist and author Martha Elliott. Elliott's book, The Man in the Monster, documents her complicated “friendship” with Connecticut serial killer Michael Ross.
- Jon Blue - Judge of the Connecticut Superior Court and the author of The Case of the Piglet’s Paternity: Trials from the New Haven Colony, 1639-1663
- Martha Elliott - Journalist and author of The Man in the Monster: An Intimate Portrait of a Serial Killer
John Dankosky, Catie Talarski, and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.