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The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780307592217
Author(s): Paul Collins
Format: Paperback
Year: 2012
Publisher: Broadway Books
Dimensions: 204 x 188 x 19 (w x l x h)
Pages: 325

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No writer better articulates ourinterest in the confluence of hope, eccentricity, and the timelessness of the bold and strange than Paul Collins. DAVE EGGERS On Long Island, a farmer finds a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discover a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumble upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime are turning up all over New York, but the police are baffled: There are no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectivesheadlong into the era s most baffling murder mystery. Seized upon by battling media moguls Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, the case became a publicity circus. Reenactments of the murder were staged in Times Square, armed reporters lurked in the streets of Hell s Kitchen in pursuit of suspects, and an unlikely trio a hard-luck cop, a cub reporter, and an eccentric professor all raced to solve the crime. What emerged was a sensational love triangle and an even more sensational trial: an unprecedented capital case hinging on circumstantial evidence around a victim whom the police couldn t identify with certainty, and who the defense claimed wasn t even dead. 'The Murder of the Century 'is a rollicking tale a rich evocation of America
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