The Poisoned Glass
“A great read and a fascinating retelling of a long-forgotten murder, that still resonates to this very day… for anybody interested in the history of the Silk City!” –Mark S. Auerbach, City Historian, Passaic, New Jersey
At the dawn of the 20th century, the social unrest in Paterson, New Jersey was palpable. Thousands of Dutch and Italian immigrants flocked to the city,...more
Kimberly Tilley’s The Poisoned Glass (Black Rose Writing, 2019) is a thoroughly researched, detailed account of the shocking rape and murder of Jennie Bosschieter, a young immigrant girl in the mill town of Paterson, New Jersey, in 1900. The book’s title is an allusion to the knockout drops that one of the accused put in the girl’s drink without her knowing it. Her m ...more
I rarely read true crime because of the way it's usually written, jumping back and forth, with no logical timeline. Kimberly Tilley has crafted a true crime story that flows like a historical novel. I'd never heard of Jennie or the horrible 4 men who raped and killed her. I had no clue that date rape drugs were used outside of modern times. Sadly, the treatment of sexual assault on women hasn't truly advanced much, even after 120+ years!!! I ...more
Set against the social conventions and courtroom norms of the times, it also gives insight into pre-technology police work and what me might consider today as some rather shoddy evidence gathering techniques. Some things never change, however: human nature, the bad and the good, remains the same and is on display ...more
This is a historical tail of a murder of no consequence and it's retelling makes me wonder why, there is no social redeeming moral lesson or any other lesson to be learned aside from the precise and very competent depiction of life at the turn.of the previous century. ...more
Although the book itself is short and concise, the connection with a victim so far ago is what makes this stand out; we ought to remember her because we are still fighting for the Jennie Bosschieters of today.
I was caught into this book from the beginning. I like history and books that are not only true but written in an interesting style. This book conveyed the horror of the convicted rather than the victim. Good read in history.
I won The Poisoned Glass in a Goodreads giveaway. It took me a while to read as I usually read it when I had a few moments here and there. I will say that it did keep my interest from the beginning. Even though I knew what happened from the very beginning. I enjoyed this book immensely!!!
While I like the book, and find it presented the story thoroughly and fairly, with lots of information with sources well organized, comprehensive. It was an unfortunate case, probably a spontaneous response to impulsive emotion, (maybe some lust) proximity of a drug and a lot of alcohol. Bad decisions were m ...more
Today's crime scene investigation and current science were not existant at the turn of the 20th century. Must of the investigation and events as they unfold are shocking in thier laxity but what does not change is class ,,,and the indifference of well off to the consequences they wreak upon those with no power. And of course, the constant effort to impune the integrity of the victim. Suspense of the trial and the sentencing...a page turner! ...more
Ms. Tilley did an absolutely amazing job with this true crime saga. Meticulous research, skilled character portrayals, substantiated sources, gifted story-telling, and perfect writing brought this story to life. Ms. Tilley's first book; I look forward to reading more. ...more
In this era of the #MeToo movement, this book takes a look back at the terrible treatment of women - not just by wolves and molesters, but also by the legal system and its hordes of unscrupulous lawyers at the ensuing trial.
The book begins with the ...more
Her first book, The Poisoned Glass (2019), was an Amazon category #1 best-seller in four countries and multiple categories, including True Crime and American History.
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