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The Murder of the Century by Paul  Collins
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Apr 07, 2014

really liked it
bookshelves: lacpl-ebook, nook-st, non-fiction
Read from August 31 to September 03, 2011


“He’d developed a fierce love of reading, while on Death Row…”—page 240

It’s just three-and-a-half years to the end of the nineteenth century, and the number of automobiles you’re likely see on the streets of Manhattan on any given day can still be counted on the fingers of one hand. The Bronx is still mostly farmland. In Manhattan, squads of newspaper reporters on bicycles scurry to scoop their competition. Both newspaper giants, Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, are still very active in the operations of their tabloid-journalism empires, and engaged in a fierce, head-to-head, rivalry for readership of their penny-dailies. The forensic sciences are hardly yet in their infancy, when pieces of a dismembered corpse begin showing up in various parts of the city.

Such are the images that make ‘The Murder of the Century,’ by Paul Collins, a compelling, exciting and memorable read.

Recommendation: Both fans of New York City’s history, and fans of true crime stories, should find this a very entertaining read.

“The public…likes entertainment better than it likes information.”—page 41

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