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The Delaney Murder Case


The only violent crime to disrupt life in St. Augustine in the early years of the Second Spanish Period was a murderous attack the night of November 20, 1785, on Lieutenant Guillermo Delaney. Since the town’s annals provide almost no reference to such malevolence, this incident appears to be a distinct exception to the general behavior pattern. The crime remains unsolved; yet the evidence accumulated in an effort to identify Delaney’s assailants provides a rare view of Florida colonial society.