Murder Pamphlet Collection Full Text

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Murder Pamphlet Collection Full Text
Execution of Henry Mills for murder of his wife and five children.". - Image Source

Collection Facts

Dates of Original:
c. 1796 - 1849

Historical Context

These pamphlets range from publication dates in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century, with the bulk published in the 1800s. Many of the books and pamphlets in this collection are listed in The Annals of Murder: a bibliography of books and pamphlets on American murders from Colonial times to 1900, compiled by Thomas M. McDade. The nineteenth-century pamphlets in this collection were drawn from the holdings of the Research Library of the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA) in Cooperstown, New York. NYSHA's collection of murder pamphlets contains 400 items published primarily in the 18th-19th centuries. These pamphlets document the changing perception of the murderer from a repentant sinner to a monstrous deviant.

Scope of Collection

This collection includes the full text of 37 of the collection's 124 pamphlets.