Fall River Outrage

Author: David Richard Kasserman
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812200881
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Fall River Outrage recounts one of the most sensational and widely reported murder cases in early nineteenth-century America. When, in 1832, a pregnant mill worker was found hanged, the investigation implicated a prominent Methodist minister. Fearing adverse publicity, both the industrialists of Fall River and the New England Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church engaged in energetic campaigns to obtain a favorable verdict. It was also one of the earliest attempts by American lawyers to prove their client innocent by assassinating the moral character of the female victim. Fall River Outrage provides insight in American social, legal, and labor history as well as women's studies.

Murder On Trial

Author: Robert Asher
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791483614
Size: 74.17 MB
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A historical romp through the fascinating subject of murder jurisprudence in the United States from the colonial period to the present, showing how changing social mores have influenced the application of murder law.

Murder In New England And Closing The Circle

Author: M. Webb
Publisher: Publishamerica Incorporated
ISBN: 9781413748871
Size: 63.67 MB
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Murder in New England is about a girl who was raped and becomes involved in a murder. This becomes a horrible secret between a group of guys and the girl. Because this girl had trouble dealing with this, she moved away as soon as she could, taking yet another secret with her. She returns to her hometown after receiving a note that someone was there that day and witnessed what had happened. She goes back to find out who it was and what the others know, unknowingly putting herself in danger. By chance, this all happens at the same time as her 25th class reunion. Slowly, people around her begin to die, but no matter how afraid she is, she can't leave yet. She needs to find out who sent her that note, and she wants to know the truth about what really happened that day. Her initial instinct is to run but she must stay and put a close to this once and for all, no matter what. Closing the Circle deals with a very dysfunctional family. This family is involved with drugs, incest, gangs, organized crime, robbery, and murder. The story opens with a brutal murder and the family trying to cover it up. We get to go along with this family, consisting of sons, daughters, nephews, nieces, and grandchildren, as they set about destroying their lives and the lives of the people around them.

New Born Child Murder

Author: Mark Jackson
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719046070
Size: 78.22 MB
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This text concerns women who were accused of murdering their new-born children in the 18th century. It explores why certain women were suspected of murdering their children at birth and how they were subsequently treated by their neighbours, families, friends and the courts. The book draws heavily on a variety of archival material from the Northern Circuit courts and on a wide range of contemporary printed sources. Individual chapters focus on the key issues: the medical testimony in local investigations and in court; conflicting public representations of suspects; decision-making in the courts; debates about capital punishment and the administration of justice; and the changes in the law at the turn of the 19th century.

Murder And The Death Penalty In Massachusetts

Author: Alan Rogers
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 9781558496330
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For more than 300 years Massachusetts executed men and women convicted of murder. This book offers an account of how the efforts of reformers and abolitionists and the Supreme Judicial Court's commitment to the rule of law ultimately converged to end the death penalty in Massachusetts.

Dogtown

Author: Elyssa East
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416587187
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The area known as Dogtown -- an isolated colonial ruin and surrounding 3,000-acre woodland in storied seaside Gloucester, Massachusetts -- has long exerted a powerful influence over artists, writers, eccentrics, and nature lovers. But its history is also woven through with tales of witches, supernatural sightings, pirates, former slaves, drifters, and the many dogs Revolutionary War widows kept for protection and for which the area was named. In 1984, a brutal murder took place there: a mentally disturbed local outcast crushed the skull of a beloved schoolteacher as she walked in the woods. Dogtown's peculiar atmosphere -- it is strewn with giant boulders and has been compared to Stonehenge -- and eerie past deepened the pall of this horrific event that continues to haunt Gloucester even today. In alternating chapters, Elyssa East interlaces the story of this grisly murder with the strange, dark history of this wilderness ghost town and explores the possibility that certain landscapes wield their own unique power. East knew nothing of Dogtown's bizarre past when she first became interested in the area. As an art student in the early 1990s, she fell in love with the celebrated Modernist painter Marsden Hartley's stark and arresting Dogtown landscapes. She also learned that in the 1930s, Dogtown saved Hartley from a paralyzing depression. Years later, struggling in her own life, East set out to find the mysterious setting that had changed Hartley's life, hoping that she too would find solace and renewal in Dogtown's odd beauty. Instead, she discovered a landscape steeped in intrigue and a community deeply ambivalent about the place: while many residents declare their passion for this profoundly affecting landscape, others avoid it out of a sense of foreboding. Throughout this richly braided first-person narrative, East brings Dogtown's enigmatic past to life. Losses sustained during the American Revolution dealt this once thriving community its final blow. Destitute war widows and former slaves took up shelter in its decaying homes until 1839, when the last inhabitant was taken to the poorhouse. He died seven days later. Dogtown has remained abandoned ever since, but continues to occupy many people's imaginations. In addition to Marsden Hartley, it inspired a Bible-thumping millionaire who carved the region's rocks with words to live by; the innovative and influential postmodernist poet Charles Olson, who based much of his epic Maximus Poems on Dogtown; an idiosyncratic octogenarian who vigilantly patrols the land to this day; and a murderer who claimed that the spirit of the woods called out to him. In luminous, insightful prose, Dogtown takes the reader into an unforgettable place brimming with tragedy, eccentricity, and fascinating lore, and examines the idea that some places can inspire both good and evil, poetry and murder.

The Secret History

Author: Donna Tartt
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1405529636
Size: 61.47 MB
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Truly deserving of the accolade 'modern classic', Donna Tartt's novel is a remarkable achievement - compelling and elegant, dramatic and playful. Under the influence of their charismatic Classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality, their lives are changed profoundly and for ever.

Our Little Secret

Author: Kevin Flynn
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101187476
Size: 37.22 MB
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The true story of a teenage killer and the silence of a small New England town. For twenty years Daniel Paquette's murder in New Hampshire went unsolved. It remained a secret between two high school friends until Eric Windhurst's arrest in 2005. What was revealed was a crime born of adolescent passion between Eric and Daniel's stepdaughter, Melanie- redefining the meaning of loyalty, justice, and revenge.