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The Murder of Helen Jewett
The Murder of Helen Jewett
Author: Patricia Cline Cohen
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 »
ISBN-13: 9780679740759
ISBN-10: 0679740759
Publication Date: 6/29/1999
Pages: 512
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 20 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Members Wishing: 0
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Helpful Score: 3
This is an interesting situation that caught my attention from teh beginning. There is a lot to process but I made sure to take my time.

This author definitely an author who takes her time to look at all the little details.

It surprised me with how little was shown in the trial but times were different back then.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a scholarly work, and can be a little dry and repetitive at times. But if you stick with it, you get a really good idea of life in New York in the early 19th C. The murder itself and subsequent solution are pretty straight-forward. This isn't a "whodunnit" but rather a "whydunnit" with no real answer.

The period atmosphere is superbly done and well worth the read.
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