Arsenic and Clam Chowder: Murder in Gilded Age New York by James D. Livingston

By James D. Livingston

Recounts the sensational 1896 homicide trial of Mary Alice Livingston, who used to be accused of murdering her mom with an arsenic-laced pail of clam chowder and confronted the potential of turning into the 1st girl to be accomplished in New York's new-fangled electrical chair.

Arsenic and Clam Chowder recounts the sensational 1896 homicide trial of Mary Alice Livingston, a member of 1 of the main prestigious households in big apple, who was once accused of murdering her personal mom, Evelina Bliss. the weird device of loss of life, an arsenic-laced pail of clam chowder, were brought to the sufferer by means of her ten-year-old granddaughter, and Livingston used to be arrested in her mourning outfits instantly after attending her mother’s funeral. as well as being the mum of 4 out-of-wedlock teenagers, the final born in felony whereas she used to be watching for trial, Livingston confronted the opportunity of being the 1st girl to be achieved in New York’s new-fangled electrical chair, and these types of lurid info made her arrest and trial the principal concentration of an all-out stream struggle then underway among Joseph Pulitzer’s World and Randolph Hearst’s Journal.

The tale is decided opposed to the electrical backdrop of Gilded Age ny. the coming of skyscrapers, cars, films, and different smooth marvels within the Nineties was once remodeling city existence with breathtaking velocity, simply because the battles of reformers opposed to vice, police corruption, and Tammany corridor have been reworking the city’s political existence. The aspiring baby-kisser Teddy Roosevelt, the prolific inventor Thomas Edison, bon vivant Diamond Jim Brady, and his better half Lillian Russell have been between Gotham’s larger-than-life personalities, they usually all performed cameo roles within the dramatic tale of Mary Alice Livingston and her arsenic-laced clam chowder. as well as telling a ripping strong tale, the ebook addresses a few social and felony concerns, between them capital punishment, equivalent rights for ladies, societal sexual criteria, inheritance legislation in regard to homicide, gender bias of juries, and the that means of “beyond a cheap doubt.”

Born June 23, 1930, in Brooklyn, big apple, James D. Livingston studied engineering physics at Cornell collage and got a PhD in utilized physics from Harvard collage in 1956. considering retiring from common electrical after a long occupation as a examine physicist, he has been instructing within the division of fabrics technology and Engineering at MIT. even though a physicist by means of career, he has lengthy had a powerful curiosity in American background, and is the coauthor, with Sherry H. Penney, of A Very risky girl: Martha Wright and Women’s Rights.

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