In1870, the New York Herald proclaimedthat Ulster County was New York’s “Ulcer County” due to its lawlessness andcrime. The columnist supported his claim by citing that in only six months, “ithas been the scene of no less than four cold blooded and brutal murders, sixsuicides and four elopements.” Hannah Markle—the bane of the Woman’s ChristianTemperance Union—ran a Kingston saloon where murder and violence were servedalongside the whiskey. John Babbitt confessed on his deathbed to murdering EmmaBrooks, and Willie Brown—reputed member of the Eastman Gang—accidentally shothis best friend. The infamous Big Bad Bill, the “Gardiner Desperado,” lashedout more than once and killed in a drunken rage. Discover the mayhem and murderthat these and others wreaked on one of New York State’s original counties.