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Requiem – The Life & Death of Mary Mabel Rogers

A Bennington Historical Society Presentation

Note: This program will take place in person at Bennington Museum. Our galleries remain closed through March 31.

On December 8, 1905, 19 year old Mary Mabel Rogers was executed for the murder of her husband. Her story starts with an unhappy childhood and young marriage, and includes the death of her infant child, love affairs and life insurance. Vance Aubrey Savage, the great-nephew of Mary Rogers, shares the tale of the last woman to be executed in Vermont during this Historical Society presentation.

Vance Aubrey Savage has been writing screenplays for twenty years. Working in the entertainment industry, Vance released a number of independent albums, and was a DJ in the Albany, NY area. Vance also tried his hand as an illusionist. In 2012, he teamed up with magician Criss Angel to perform for and give gifts to the children at the Children’s Hospital in Albany, NY. He also enjoyed writing for Vermont and Stratton Magazine. 2015 saw Vance being interviewed by the Investigation Discovery channel regarding his great aunt, Mary Rogers. His interview was featured on the show Deadly Women airing worldwide. In 2017 Vance began to speak professionally concerning Mary Rogers. He has written a book about her life and death, entitled, Requiem – The Life & Death of Mary Mabel Rogers.

The Bennington Historical Society is a volunteer-run program of Bennington Museum. The BHS offers its programs at no charge with support from Williams Financial. You can support the efforts of the BHS to share the history of our region by making a donation.