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The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City &… (original 2011; edição 2012)

por Paul Collins

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On Long Island, a farmer finds a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discover a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumble upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime are turning up all over New York, but the police are baffled: There are no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most baffling murder mystery. Seized upon by battling media moguls Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, the case became a publicity circus. Reenactments of the murder were staged in Times Square, armed reporters lurked in the streets of Hell's Kitchen in pursuit of suspects, and an unlikely trio, a hard luck cop, a cub reporter, and an eccentric professor, all raced to solve the crime. What emerged was a sensational love triangle and an even more sensational trial: an unprecedented capital case hinging on circumstantial evidence around a victim whom the police couldn't identify with certainty, and who the defense claimed wasn't even dead. This book is a tale of America during the Gilded Age and a colorful re creation of the tabloid wars that have dominated media to this day.… (mais)
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Título:The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars
Autores:Paul Collins
Informação:Broadway Books (2012), Edition: 0, Paperback, 336 pages
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An entertaining, light weight read. ( )
  stevrbee | Nov 7, 2020 |
Really good and fascinating to start, but petered out toward the end. The writing was good and I appreciated the history of journalism in America. Very timely in the current political climate. I just lost interest after a while and had to slog through the second half. ( )
  klnbennett | Oct 7, 2020 |
Absorbing account of a once-notorious murder, the Guldensuppe Case, from 1897. The author does a very good job of following the press' role in the case, since it came at a peak of the Hearst-Pulitzer rivalry. He also analyzes the evidence, pointing out some very interesting elements that were not (and maybe could not) have been introduced into a late Victorian-era New York court. It pays to read the footnotes in the back carefully. My only beef is the relative paucity of illustrations. I wish these books would have more of them. Recommended. ( )
  EricCostello | Sep 20, 2020 |
A human torso was found wrapped in oilcloth floating in the East River in the summer of 1897. The hunt for the murder victim's identity and the subsequent murder trial caught the attention of much of New York City, while tabloid newspapers competed with one another for who could get the best scoops about the ghastly murder of the unfortunate William Goldensuppe. Paul Collins' recounting of the case is entertaining, if occasionally leaning a bit too much into tabloid sensationalism. Lots of colour, though ultimately fairly little depth. ( )
  siriaeve | Sep 11, 2020 |
Really interesting look at a crime and how newspapers responded to it. It just goes to show what happens now is nothing new. People have always been fascinated by murder and "celebrities" it creates. Also an interesting look at policing back in the day and how the reporters did as much work to solve it as the police. It always amazes me how many people would go to these funerals and court hearings. So much so they had to give out tickets. With TV we do the same thing. ( )
  RunsOnEspresso | Mar 25, 2020 |
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On Long Island, a farmer finds a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discover a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumble upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime are turning up all over New York, but the police are baffled: There are no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most baffling murder mystery. Seized upon by battling media moguls Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, the case became a publicity circus. Reenactments of the murder were staged in Times Square, armed reporters lurked in the streets of Hell's Kitchen in pursuit of suspects, and an unlikely trio, a hard luck cop, a cub reporter, and an eccentric professor, all raced to solve the crime. What emerged was a sensational love triangle and an even more sensational trial: an unprecedented capital case hinging on circumstantial evidence around a victim whom the police couldn't identify with certainty, and who the defense claimed wasn't even dead. This book is a tale of America during the Gilded Age and a colorful re creation of the tabloid wars that have dominated media to this day.

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