'A REVOLTING TRANSACTION'. The Story of Murder Most Foul, in Which the Victim was the Author's Great Grandmother - one of America's most bizarre crime stories

Author: Conrad (Barnaby)
Year: 1983
Publisher: Arbor House (New York)
First Edition
Edition Details: 1st US edn.
Book Condition: F/NrF
ISBN: 0877955344
Price: 8.00
Hardback. The year was 1891. Jack the Ripper had done his dirty work 3yrs before. Lizzie Borden was a year and 5 months away from performing her unfilial acts. But why even mention those messy, sordid happenings? The Barnaby murder was such a genteel, tidy and well-bred affair. When the great-grandmother of the famed author of 'Matador', a wealthy widow, was murdered in Denver in 1891 the crime was a front-page sensation and resulted in the longest murder trial to date. It also had a bizarre outcome: the convicted "murderer", a Providence, Rhode Island, physician who was first in his class at Harvard Medical School and who stood to gain from the victim's will, outwitted justice and never paid the supreme penalty. Case closed. Not quite. From papers unearthed from his late mother's effects, and from painstaking investigation, the author unfolds a spellbinding tale of passion, duplicity, jealousy and revenge in Victorian America and points the finger of accusation at the real murderer - finally, almost 100 years after the crime. A sensational story of death by mail - in the heyday of Baby Doe and the silver barons. Featuring Dr. T. Thatcher Graves and Mrs Josephine Barnaby. Illus. 256pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true-crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. F. in nr. f. dw. which has faded sp.


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