Murder Pamphlet Collection

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Murder Pamphlet Collection
Trial of Joseph Lapage French Monster for Murder of Beautiful School Girl Miss Josie Langmaid, Also, Account of Murder of Miss Marietta Ball, School Teacher." - Image Source

Collection Facts

Dates of Original:
c. 1815 - 1894

Historical Context

Ever since the invention of moveable type in the mid-1400s, the public’s appetite for tales of shocking murders —“true crime” —has been an enduring aspect of the market for printed material. For more than five centuries, murder pamphlets have been hawked on street corners, town squares, taverns, coffeehouses, news stands, and book shops. Typically, a local printer would put together a pamphlet that claimed to be a true account of a murder, consisting of a narrative, trial transcript, and/or written confession of the murderer before his or her execution. Pamphlets varied in length, from eight pages to over two hundred, were printed on cheap paper, and usually sold for a low price.

Scope of Collection

This collection is comprised of the covers of 124 pamphlets.

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