True crime podcast | “Fatal Grove: The story of Jason Fairbanks and Elizabeth Fales”
Originally published on October 16, 2020
On a spring day in May 1801, Jason Fairbanks appeared at the doorstep of his sweetheart’s home, covered in a crimson stain of their blood.
This is not a happy story.
It’s a story about young lovers; teenagers, really.
There’s a little of everything here.
Unrequited love. Bitter family feuds. A suicide pact. A daring midnight jailbreak. A cross-country cat-and-mouse chase. And a sensational trial that held the public’s attention for years.
At the heart of this story is a bizarre, grisly mystery.
One that sent tremors throughout a harmonious farming community of Puritan peasants.
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- Anonymous, Report on the Trial of Jason Fairbanks, on an Indictment for the Murder of Elizabeth Fales, 1801.
- Cohen, Daniel A. Pillars of Salt, Monuments of Grace. Liverpool University Press, 2006.
- Compiled by the The Fairbanks House, Dedham, MA; the Dedham Historical Society, A Massachusetts Mystery: The 1801 Tragedy of Jason Fairbanks & Elizabeth Fales, Applewood Books, 2009.
- Freeman, Dale H. “Melancholy Catastrophe!” The Story of Jason Fairbanks and Elizabeth Fales in Public and Private Writings. Historical Journal of Massachusetts Volume 26, No 1 (Winter 1998).
- Parno, Travis Gordon. “With the Quiet Sturdy Strength of the Folk of an Older Time”: An Archaeological Approach to Time, Place-Making, and Heritage Construction at the Fairbanks House, Dedham, Massachusetts. Boston University, 2013.