"Six of Them Banded Together to Collect Some Life Insurance" [Murder]. [Raber, Joseph]. The Raber Murder, Containing a Detailed and Accurate Account of the Murder of Joseph Raber, By Drowning in Indiantown Creek, Union Township, Lebanon Co., PA., On the 7th of December, 1878, For the Insurance Money upon His Life. With Illustrations and Results of the Trial and Conviction of the Six Men for the Crime, Also, Full History of Their Lives and Confessions. Lebanon, PA: C.M. Bowman, 1880. 52 pp. One woodcut plate (of crime scene with inset image of execution). Six woodcut text images (of the murderers). Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in pictorial wrappers. Light soiling, some wear to spine ends and corners, a few minor chips to edges, clean tear to lower margin of front wrapper near spine, rear wrapper just beginning to detach, light browning to text. $350. * Third (stated) edition. Raber was a "feeble old man who lived among the woodcutters of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. Six of them banded together to collect some life insurance and selected him as their victim" (McDade). Of the six, five were convicted and hanged. This account brings the story up through the execution of the final three conspirators in the spring of 1880. It also includes biographical sketches of teh conspirators, extracts from testimony, two lengthy written confessions, the judge's charge and an account of the executions." McDade, The Annals of Murder 782.
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