Murder has always been viewed as a monstrous crime, and the sensationalism that one finds in today's media regarding homicide and related dastardly deeds is not without precedent. This compelling digital collection from the National Library of Medicine brings together murder pamphlets from the 17th to 19th centuries which document a range of crimes via their approach to describing a range of heinous deeds. These pamphlets were frequently sold on street corners, and as a curious public often relied on them for a type of portrait of such crimes, they sold quite well. Today, scholars and others use these pamphlets to illuminate the history of class, gender, the law, science, the city, and religion. Visitors to the site should start by reading the four-part introduction, and then they can dive into the "Pamphlets" section. Here they will find 36 different documents with titles like "The trial and execution of Dr. John W. Hughes for the murder of Miss Tamzen Parsons, with a sketch of his life as related by himself: A record of love, bigamy and murder unparalleled in the annals of crime." Taken together, they offer a rather insightful and curious look into these unique publications.


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