Saturday, November 2, 2019

Tenth Anniversary!

This week marks the tenth anniversary of Murder by Gaslight! The first posts dropped on November 2, 2009, and every week since then I have added at least one new post related to murder in 19th century America.

Here are the top 10 most popular posts, since 2009, based on average pageviews per day:

1 The Meeks Family Murder
2 The Legend of Lavinia Fisher
3 The Killing of Bill The Butcher
4 The Notorious Patty Cannon.
5 Lizzie Borden Took an Axe...Or Did She?
6 Jesse Pomeroy - "Boston Boy Fiend"
7 19th Century Serial Killers.
8 H. H. Holmes - "I was born with the devil in me."
9 Big Harpe and Little Harpe
10 The Bloody Benders
It is probably not surprising that the list is dominated by serial killers whom the public find endlessly fascinating. The rest are sensational multiple murders and a gangland slaying. The only exception is Lavinia Fisher who, contrary to her nasty reputation, never killed anyone.

It is interesting that the most popular post of the last ten years is “The Meeks Family Murder” posted in 2011. Compared to the rest it is a relatively unknown case, but a good story with a somewhat happy ending.

What’s Next?

I plan to continue posting 19th century murders when I find stories that interest me (the supply is virtually endless). Going forward, I will also be reposting existing stories. Murder by Gaslight has more than 500 posts and most have not seen the light of day in years. They deserve another look. Murder by Gaslight will also be featuring guest posts from other bloggers and authors with stories relating to murder in 19th century America.

Murder by Gaslight will also be the platform for projects outside the blog—a book-length murder story, a mystery novel, some serial fiction, a podcast experiment, and other possibilities. Keep watching.

I want to thank everyone who has followed Murder by Gaslight through the years. A special thank you to those who have left glowing comments on the blog and on Facebook; they been very gratifying and encouraging.  For the past ten years, I have kept outside advertisements off the site and I will continue to do so (you’re welcome). If you would like to support the blog, I have books available at Amazon: 

Cheers,
Robert Wilhelm

5 comments :

Unknown says:
November 2, 2019 at 10:44 AM

Thanks for your work

Howard Brown says:
November 2, 2019 at 7:02 PM

Congratulations to you, Robert, on the 10th Anniversary. Over on JTRForums, 46,895 people have read these articles and never tire of them. Howard Brown

Gary W. Wilson says:
November 3, 2019 at 12:12 AM

Every Saturday I set time aside to read your latest post! This is my favorite site by far and I can't wait to read every word. Not only have I read every post but I've also read your books too! Thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into this blog, don't ever think it's not appreciated! I do miss the longer post you do on an in-depth case study with a murder ballad to go along with it! Keep up the great work and we'll keep on reading it!

Thanks Again,
Gary W. Wilson

JC says:
November 7, 2019 at 4:35 PM

Your site is one of my very favorite reads!

Kellie Bond says:
November 7, 2019 at 8:07 PM

Happy Anniversary,MBG! I thoroughly enjoy your blog and books. *Here's to 10 more* Cheers!

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