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The Balance of Justice: The Utica Streetcar Murder of 1872  is a biographical novel based on the story of Josephine McCarty, a woman indicted for murder for shooting a man on a street car filled with witnesses. It seemed certain she would hang, but Josephine led a life of intrigue.  When the governor called a special term of court and sent one of the best legal minds in the state of New York to assist the prosecution, questions erupted. What was it about this flamboyant beauty that had everyone up in arms?  Join author Eileen Hopsicker for a book signing and lecture to explore the journey of Josephine McCarty.

This program takes place in the center’s main gallery on Saturday, April 7 starting at 1:00 PM.

Eileen Sullivan Hopsicker is a lifelong resident of New York State and spent most of her life in the Utica area. As mother to six children, she has always been an active member of the community and maintains an avid interest in local history. Inspiration for The Balance of Justice came to her through an 1872 newspaper while volunteering with the Limestone Ridge Historical Society. She holds an Associate Degree in Fine Arts from Mohawk Valley Community College, a Bachelors Degree in Studio Art from Hamilton College, and retired as Director of Records & Research for Development at Utica College. She and her husband currently reside in Webster, NY.

The Oneida County History Center, formerly the Oneida County Historical Society, is a private 501(c) (3) not-for-profit educational institution and is dedicated to preserving history and promoting the culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley. Admission to this program is free for the general public; donations are encouraged. Please contact the center at 315-735-3642 or visit the OCHC website ( or page for additional information.

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