“The Murder of John Codman”


"What sad and awful scenes are these Presented to your View." The crimes of Mark and Phillis, slaves who murdered their master, "appear as black as hell." The two are condemned for "poys'ning" their master, and are condemned to die

Historical references

  • Sep 18, 1755 - Execution of the slaves Mark and Phillis for their role in the poisoning of their owner John Codman of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A third slave, Phoebe, was acquitted


  1. Burt, pp. 154-155, (no title) (1 excerpted text)
  2. BI, Burt154


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1958 (Burt)
Found in: US