Ruth Blay

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Ruth Blay
Born (1737-06-10)June 10, 1737
Haverhill, Massachusetts
Died December 30, 1768(1768-12-30) (aged 31)
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Criminal penalty Death by hanging
Criminal status Deceased
Conviction(s) Murder

Ruth Blay (June 10, 1737 – December 30, 1768) [1] was executed by hanging after being convicted of concealing the body of her stillborn illegitimate child in the floor of the barn next to the house in which she was staying. She was granted 3 reprieves before the execution. Blay was the last female executed by New Hampshire.


  • Pamela Keene; Melanie Keene; Kevin Auger. "The Tragic Story of Ruth Blay".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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