Nicholas Bain

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This article is about the Irish-American convicted murderer. For other people, see Nicholas Baines (disambiguation).

Nicholas Bain (1824 – December 15, 1854), also known as Beheehan or Behan,[1][2] was a farmworker responsible for a notorious murder in Long Island in 1854.[3]

Bain was an Irish farmhand who worked for James and Francis Wickham on the Wickham 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.[4] In the early hours of June 2, 1854 Bain murdered the Wickams with an axe.[1] Bain was identified because he left his hat and distinctively large bloody footprints.[3] He was arrested on June 6[5] 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. ^ "True Crime On The North Fork: The Wickham Axe Murders". 27east. Jun 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Brosky, Kerriann Flanagan. "The Wickham Murders of 1854". Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Charles Dickens, ed. (1854). The Household narrative of current events. pp. 142–143. 
  5. ^ "The Long-Island Murder - The Woods Searched by the Populace". New York Times. June 6, 1854. Retrieved 13 June 2010.