The murder of the century : the Gilded Age crime that scandalized a city and sparked the tabloid wars / Paul Collins.
By: Collins, Paul.Material type: BookPublisher: New York : Crown, c2011Edition: 1st ed.Description: viii, 325 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780307592200 (alk. paper); 0307592200 (alk. paper); 9780307592217 (alk. paper); 0307592219 (alk. paper); 9780307592224 (alk. paper); 0307592227 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Nack, Augusta | Murder -- New York (State) -- New York -- Case studies | Crimes of passion -- New York (State) -- New York -- Case studies | Tabloid newspapers -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century | New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 19th centuryDDC classification: 364.152/3092
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
The Victim. -- The mystery of the river -- A detective reads the paper -- The jigsaw man -- The wrecking crew -- Jill the Ripper -- The Suspects. -- The baker in Hell's Kitchen -- The undertaker's neighbor -- The widow's friend -- The disappearing shoemaker -- The silent customer -- The Indictment. -- A case of life and death -- Heads or tails -- Queen of the tombs -- The high roller -- Klondike Willie -- The Trial. -- Corpus delicti -- Covered in blood -- Caught in the headlight -- Scythe and saw -- A wonderful murder -- The Verdict. -- Mrs. Nack's office -- The smoker to Sing Sing -- A job for Smith and Jones -- A story of life in New York -- Carry out your own dead -- The last man standing.
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 detectives headlong 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. This book is a tale of America during the Gilded Age and a colorful re creation of the tabloid wars that have dominated media to this day.