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

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Crown, Apr 24, 2012 - True Crime - 325 pages
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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 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. The Murder of the Century is a rollicking tale—a rich evocation of America during the Gilded Age and a colorful re-creation of the tabloid wars that have dominated media to this day.



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

User Review  - Luke Ballenger - Goodreads

Unbelievable! A fascinating read! I read the reviews of this book yesterday. While I agree with some of the critical feedback such as there being two definitive stories intertwined into one novel ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Elizabeth Cárdenas - Goodreads

Murder of the century? Really? Which one? Not well organized. It was so confusing that I was forever going back to see who/what the author was talking about. Easy to put down. I read a little bit for ... Read full review

Contents

A Nair 01 II li
1
A Detective Reads the Paper
9
The Jigsaw Man
16
The Wrecking Crew
24
Jill the Ripper
34
The Baker in Hells Kitchen
44
The Undertakers Ieighbor
55
The Widows Friend
64
The High Roller
123
Klondike Willie
134
rm
141
1 Corpus Delieti
149
Covered in Blood
160
Caught in the Headlight
171
Mrs Nacks lfice
222
A Job for Smith and Jones
233

The Disappearing Shoemaker
71
The Silent Customer
81
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91
Heads or Tails
103
Queen of the Tombs
112
A Story of Life in New York
254
The Last lan Standing
267
Primmjv Sounres 2 73
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PAUL COLLINS is the author of seven books, which have been translated into ten languages. His work has appeared in Slate, New Scientist, and the New York Times, and he is regularly featured on NPR's Weekend Edition as their “literary detective.” He lives in Portland, Oregon.


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