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The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age…

The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City &… (original 2011; edition 2012)

by Paul Collins (Author)

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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.… (more)
Title:The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars
Authors:Paul Collins (Author)
Info:Broadway Books (2012), Edition: 3/25/12, 336 pages
Collections:Your library, Currently reading
Tags:History, Read in 2020

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The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins (2011)

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Really interesting look at a crime and how newspapers responded to it. It just goes to show what happens now is nothing new. People have always been fascinated by murder and "celebrities" it creates. Also an interesting look at policing back in the day and how the reporters did as much work to solve it as the police. It always amazes me how many people would go to these funerals and court hearings. So much so they had to give out tickets. With TV we do the same thing. ( )
  RunsOnEspresso | Mar 25, 2020 |
a little long ( )
  mahallett | Jan 31, 2020 |
This is the story of a murder that occurred in 1897 and started a war between The New York World and The Evening Journal owned by Joseph Pulitzer (World) and William Randolph Hearst (Evening Journal). This was a fascinating book to read. The author researched the story thouroughly and the writing made it very interesting to the reader. ( )
  CrystalToller | Mar 5, 2019 |
I enjoyed learning this piece of crime history, but found the "story-telling" a bit choppy. I don't regret reading it, and if you are a fan of true crime, suggest you give it a look. You might enjoy it. Certainly the history is fascinating. ( )
  ptkpepe98 | Mar 19, 2018 |
I enjoyed this book, but it could have been much better. Using the story of a murder to explore the rise of William Randolph Hearst and his competition with Joseph Pulitzer is a great idea, it just feels that the author didn't go deep enough. I would have like a little more of the newspaper angle and a little less of the murder. An entertaining, quick read, just not much depth to it. ( )
  hhornblower | Aug 26, 2017 |
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