1834 · Portland
"An eleven year old boy is found guilty of mutilating an eight year old" [Cohen]. Otis's Preface laments, "It has been reserved for our times and our land to illustrate, by a terrible example, the most cruel atrocity that can possibly characterize crime." The defendant appeared at trial "without a ray of intelligence upon his contenance [sic], without a spark of intellect beaming from his eye, without the least change of the same dull, stoical, lustreless and unmeaning gaze."
Mitchell beat the kid badly about his body, and severed his right testicle. A jury tried him as if he were an adult, and found him guilty. He was sentenced to nine years' hard labor.
Cohen 13843. AI 26098 . Williamson 6990. OCLC records seven locations under several accession numbers, as of December 2015. (Inventory #: 32596)