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The Murder of Helen Jewett The Life and Death of a Prostitute in Nineteenth-Century New York
In 1836, the murder of a young prostitute made headlines in New York City and around the country, inaugurating a sex-and-death sensationalism in news reporting that haunts us today. Patricia Cline Cohen goes behind these first lurid accounts to reconstruct the story of the mysterious victim, Helen Jewett. — From her beginnings as a servant girl i... more »