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Lecture: Germond Family Murders

2023-06-22 Lecture-Germond Book
2023-06-22 Lecture-Cookingham
June 22, 2023

The Historical Society of Rockland County Invites You to 

The Germond Family Murders
Solving a Hudson Valley Cold Case

When: Thursday, June 22, 2023, 7:00 pm SHARP
Where: Community Room, 
HSRC History Center, 20 Zukor Road, New City
Admission: $FREE 
(Reservations are required and donations are appreciated)

The multiple murders of James (Husted) Germond; his wife, Mabel; and their two children, Bernice and Raymond, at their Dutchess County farm in November 1930 is one of the most famous crimes ever committed in the Hudson Valley. Despite contemporary attention from President Franklin D. Roosevelt himself and from Pinkerton Detectives, and more recently from amateur sleuths and the press, the crime went unsolved for decades. 

In this special presentation, Dr. Vincent Cookingham discusses his forensic investigation into this long cold case, which resulted in the publication of The Germond Family Murders: A Forensic Conclusion to a Cold Case. Dr. Cookingham brought more than 50 years of investigative and forensic science experience as a law enforcement officer, consultant, and university professor to his examination of crime scene photographs and files that had not been examined by a qualified professional for more than ninety years.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A with Dr. Cookingham and the chance to buy a signed copy of The Germond Family Murders.

Note: This lecture includes visual presentation of evidence that Dr. Cookingham uncovered during his investigation, which includes crime scene photos and other forensic evidence. 


Or you can email us at 
[email protected] history, or call us at (845) 634-9629.

Historical Society of Rockland County
20 Zukor Road
New City, NY  10956

Phone: (845) 634-9629

Please note: Space is limited for this lecture. Reservations are required. A waiting list will be compiled, and available spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, New York.



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