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'People of New York vs Van Wormer Brothers' Stenographer Report

Identifier: 'People of New York vs -Van Wormer Brothers' Stenographer Report

Scope and Contents

Collection is comprised of five folders holding 1463 pages of legal proceedings from the Van Womer Brothers' trial that took place between March 31, 1902, and April 18, 1902. Originally, these pages were bound in 3 volumes, with Volume 1 containting Pages 1-322, Volume 2 containing pages 323-866, and Volume 3 containing pages 867-1423. Additionally, a 5 page index of witnesses is included at the end of each volume.


  • 1902-03-31 - 1902-04-18

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Biographical / Historical

December 24th, 1901 was a quiet evening in Greenport, New York. Peter Hallenbeck was at home with his wife and mother when there was a knock at the door. Hallenbeck opened the door, greeted by a group of four masked men who fired 13 shots at him before fleeing the scene. These four men would later be captured and identified as Willis, Burton, and Frederick Van Wormer, and Harvey Bruce. These four men were Hallenbeck’s nephews. The three Van Wormer brothers were charged with murder in the first degree, and set to go to trail in the spring of 1902. Bruce, having already admitted his guilt, agreed to be a witness for the prosecution in the Van Wormer trial, with his own arraignment set after the conclusion of the their trial. Jury selection for the Van Wormer trial took six days (March 31 to April 5) and the trial lasted another eleven (April 7 to April 18). The Jury found the Van Wormer Brothers guilty of murder in the first degree, and sentenced them to death by electric chair. In exchange for his testimony Bruce dodged the murder charge, and instead was sentenced to 18 years in prison for first degree manslaughter. The Van Wormer Brothers were executed on October 2nd, 1903 and were buried in the cemetery in their hometown of Kinderhook. Harvey Bruce served his prison sentence, which at the time of his cousin’s execution had been reduced to eleven years and two months for good conduct.


1 Linear Feet (1 Box, 5 Folders)

Language of Materials


Guide to the 'People of New York vs Van Wormer Brothers' Stenographer Report
Josef Riccio
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library Manuscripts Repository

Trinity College Library
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Hartford Connecticut 06106