Antonio's Will

By Yasmin Tirado-Chiodini

Historical fiction, Literary fiction, True crime, Young adult | Paperback, eBook


A child emigrates from Spain to Puerto Rico in 1870, adapts to a new culture, and strives through hurricanes, disease and war to become a prominent tobacco planter. With high hopes, he sends his son Antonio to Albany Law School in New York, but the young man loses his will, commits an atrocious crime, and is executed on the electric chair at the Sing Sing penitentiary. Antonio's spirit returns one hundred years later to persuade a family member, who is also a lawyer and amateur genealogist, to uncover his wrongful execution. Amid a historical, cultural and legal backdrop spanning three countries and over a century, ANTONIO'S WILL exposes the tragic events: the murder, the trial errors, the desolation at the Sing Sing prison, the pleas of an entire island to save him, and his unjust execution. This is Antonio's story, but it is also a call for equal justice for all people.


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A child emigrates from Spain to Puerto Rico in 1870, adapts to a new culture, and strives through hurricanes, disease and war to become a prominent tobacco planter. With high hopes, he sends his son Antonio to Albany Law School in New York, but the young man loses his will, commits an atrocious crime, and is executed on the electric chair at the Sing Sing penitentiary. Antonio's spirit returns one hundred years later to persuade a family member, who is also a lawyer and amateur genealogist, to uncover his wrongful execution. Amid a historical, cultural and legal backdrop spanning three countries and over a century, ANTONIO'S WILL exposes the tragic events: the murder, the trial errors, the desolation at the Sing Sing prison, the pleas of an entire island to save him, and his unjust executi...


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Yasmin Tirado-Chiodini is an attorney, entrepreneur and family historian. She is a former U.S. Space Shuttle engineer and adjunct professor of legal ethics and negotiations for the Executive M.B.A. program at Rollins College, Crummer Graduate School of Business in Winter Park, Florida, USA. In addition to authoring "Antonio's Will," exposing the story of injustice of the first Hispanic executed on the electric chair in the United States in 1916, she is the author of "Does Your Compass Work? A Legal Guide for Florida Businesses" and frequently publishes in various media. She is currently finalizing "Antonio's Grace," Book 2 of The Antonio's Series, a non-fiction book featuring selected historical documents, photos and commentary in the case of Antonio Pontón, including the unprecedented clemency effort to save his life. She also analyzes the case 100 years later and uncovers new information as to why he should not have been executed. Recognized for her community leadership and contributions, she practices business and intellectual property law and lives in Florida with her husband, daughter and their rescued Labradors. For more information, visit tirado-chiodini.com.


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Yasmin Tirado-Chiodini is an attorney, entrepreneur and family historian. She is a former U.S. Space Shuttle engineer and adjunct professor of legal ethics and negotiations for the Executive M.B.A. program at Rollins College, Crummer Graduate School of Business in Winter Park, Florida, USA. In addition to authoring "Antonio's Will," exposing the story of injustice of the first Hispanic executed on...


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