Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Verses from Beyond the Grave.

Thomas W. Piper killed Mabel Young two years after the death of poet Byron DeWolfe, so how was DeWolfe able to publish a poem about the murder? Read about the dead poet and Miss Lillie Darling, the Boston medium who channeled him in my article in the latest edition of The Readex Report, "Verses from Beyond the Grave."

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Harold Schechter's The Mad Sculptor.

Murder by Gaslight is pleased to be a stop on Harold Schechter’s The Mad Sculptor (Of True Crime) Blog Tour. The works of Harold Schechter have been a part of Murder by Gaslight from the beginning, providing invaluable information on a number of historical murders. His books always deliver compelling stories based on meticulous research, and his new book, The Mad Sculptor, is no exception.
As part of The Mad Sculptor (Of True Crime) Blog Tour, Harold will answer questions about the book, his writing process, and the MADNESS in his topics of study as a preeminent true crime writer: murderers and the media!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Murder in San Francisco.

Murder in San Francisco. 
In response to the question, “Why cannot Murder be punished in San Francisco,” the Oakland Enquirer makes the following pertinent remarks:

“One most important reason why it is hard to punish murder in San Francisco is that in a great number of cases the majority of the people do not want it punished. They rather approve of murder in certain contingencies, and consider it the best redress for injuries that cannot be righted through the courts.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

A Boy Shoots His Sweetheart and Himself.

Little Murders
(From The National Police Gazette, October 16,1886)
A Boy Shoots His Sweetheart and Himself.
A Love-Sick Murderer.
Eddie Clark, Eighteen Years of Age, Kills Melissa Fultz and then Shoots Himself in Monroe Co., Ill.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Kentucky Tragedy.

Jereboam Beauchamp stabbed Col. Solomon Sharp to avenge the honor of his wife, Anna Cooke Beauchamp. The story of the murder—known from the start as the Kentucky Tragedy—was viewed by the Beauchamps as one of love, treachery, vengeance, and tragic heroism; all the elements of the romantic novels they both so dearly loved. But in reality, Jereboam and Anna were enacting another familiar American narrative: two troubled misfits lashing out at a world they both disdained.