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The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars
 
 
Author
Paul Collins.
Publisher Crown  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780307592200
Pages/Publication Date 326/2011
Daedalus Item Code 38423
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On Long Island, a farmer finds a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys on a pier discover a floating torso wrapped in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumble upon severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime have turned up all over 1897 New York, but the police have no witnesses, no motives, and no suspects. The author of Sixpence House, and NPR's "literary detective" on Weekend Edition, Paul Collins brilliantly portrays America in the Gilded Age, as media moguls Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst made the case a publicity circus. A sensational love triangle emerged, followed by an even more sensational trial hinging on circumstantial evidence and a victim whom colorful defense attorney William Howe claimed wasn't even dead.

"Wonderfully rich in period detail, salacious facts about the case and infectious wonder at the chutzpah and inventiveness displayed by Pulitzer's and Hearst's minions. Both a gripping true-crime narrative and an astonishing portrait of fin de siècle yellow journalism."—Kirkus Reviews

 
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