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Slaughter on a Snowy Morn: A Tale of Murder, Corruption and the Death Penalty Case That Revolutionised the American Courtroom

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Shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award for Non-Fiction.

"With a cast of characters brought to life in superb style by Evans, Slaughter on a Snowy Morn cannot fail to keep you gripped until the very last page."—History Books Review

The dramatic tale of the illiterate New York farmhand condemned to death in 1916 who became first convicted murderer eve
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by Icon Books (first published July 1st 2010)
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Fascinating story of an innocent man who ends up on death row and the fight for his release. What beggars belief is the attitude of some of those in the position of being able to free him. Instead of looking at the evidence and saying yes it's obvious they instead do what they can to keep him behind bars and headed toward the electric chair. If there is justice I only hope all the bad karma paid off in the end.
I grew up in Orleans County so this was an especially fascinating book for me to read. I am sure my grandparents followed this story in the "Medina Daily Journal" or through the local gosssip mill or may have even known some or many of the parties involved. I felt like I was stepping back into their era. I grew up hearing several of the last names mentioned in the book from their descendents that still live in the area, but I never heard any mention of this case nor did I ever hear the name Char ...more
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I was skeptical throughout that Charles Stielow was actually an innocent man. As it is told, he was the victim of a private investigator (back then there were often no official police investigators) who stood to claim a large reward for tracking down the killer and a paid ballistics “expert” who supposedly never performed any tests on the gun in question before opining under oath that the gun was indeed the murder weapon. I figured the motives of the other side, a group of anti-death penalty act ...more
Jason Mills
Aug 13, 2011 Jason Mills rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Followers of crime, law, capital punishment, human interest, early 20thC USA.
Recommended to Jason by: Fortean Times
Charlie Stielow was a German immigrant farmhand in New York State. 1915 saw him move his family into a small house across the road from his new employer, Phelps the farmer. Soon afterwards Phelps and his housekeeper were killed, and, desperate to find the killer, the authorities first alighted on, and then fixed on, Charlie and his brother-in-law. The book describes the trials, shenanigans and death-row tribulations of Charlie, and the three-year struggle to save him.

The case was significant bec
This book is about the biggest miscarriage of justice in American history! It brings shame to some of the legal profession and politicians of the time and was the harbinger of ballistics and forensic science in America. Based of historical fact it tells the story of a somewhat slow witted farm hand , Goerge Stielow of German descent, who is accused and found guilty of the murder of his boss and his housekeeper in 1915, a difficult time as war with Germany was in full swing!
He was coerced into ma
Diane Kennicker
Excellent book! Interesting story of police corruption, intimidation and bullying an innocent man into a false confession. This man is ultimately sentenced to die in the electric chair in Sing Sing. There are many twists and turns in this true story. It is because of this case that ballistics evolved into a tool police take for granted these days. Incredible story! I recommend this book.
Based on fact, the story of the beginnings of forensics and scene of crime protection. And the end of fitting a suspect to a crime (still a way to go on that one!). Really enjoyed this. Unusual gift that was much appreciated.
A very interesting read. Tragic ending!
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Colin Evans is the author of 17 books dealing with forensics and true crime. His fascination with the murkier side of human nature began while he was still in school. Hours spent in library archives researching contemporary newspaper accounts about "Jack the Ripper" (no, he doesn't have any clues to the killer's identity, and he seriously doubts that anyone else does, either) got him started and i ...more
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