Nicholas Bain

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Nicholas Bain (1824 – December 15, 1854), also known as Nicholas Beheehan,[1] was an Irish farmhand who worked for James and Francis Wickam on the Wickam Farmhouse on Long Island, New York. Bain murdered the Wickams on June 2, 1854.[1] Bain had become romantically involved with Ellen Holland, a female servant of the household, but a dispute arose between them which led to James Wickam dismissing Bain from his service on June 1, 1854.[2] In the early hours of June 2, 1854 Bain murdered the Wickams with an axe.[1] He was arrested on June 6[3] and hanged on December 15, 1854.


  1. ^ a b c "The Wickham Murder - Confession of Nicholas Beheehan". New York Times. June 7, 1854. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Charles Dickens, ed. (1854). The Household narrative of current events. pp. 142–143. 
  3. ^ "The Long-Island Murder - The Woods Searched by the Populace". New York Times. June 6, 1854. Retrieved 13 June 2010.