Goodwife Bassett Year: 1651 Town: Stratford Outcome: Guilty, hanged Details of Bassett's case are slim, at best. In the record of the New Haven Colony, it was recorded that, "The Governor, Mr. Cullick and Mr. Clarke are desired to go down to Stratford to keep court upon the trial of Goody Bassett for her life," in May 1651. It also says, "Because goodwife Bassett when she was condemned," which apparently means that she gave a confession, probably under extreme duress, as was the practice. Bassett was hanged in Stratford, although there's some question as to exactly where—some believe it was near the spot where the infamous Phelps Mansion stood on Elm Street (and that Goody's restless spirit was the source of the haunting), while others contend that she was hanged in the vicinity of what now is the West Broad Street exit of I-95, near Sterling Park, the Old Congregational Burying Ground and flag pole. Also in question was the name of Goody's husband; according to this discussion on ancestry.com, it may have been Robert, as A Bassett Book by Wheeler A. Bassett purports, or Thomas, as the history of Old Fairfield suggests. If it's any consolation, poor Goody Bassett didn't die in complete vain. She has been commemorated in Stratford at an ice cream parlor that bears her name.