The Notorious Thayer Brothers: McDade 972 [Trial]. Thayer Brothers. [Love, John]. The Life, Trial, Condemnation and Dying Address, Of the Three Thayers! Who Were Executed for the Murder of John Love, At Buffalo, N.Y. June 17th, 1825. Buffalo: Printed for the Publisher, . 16 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in printed wrappers, untrimmed edges, large woodcut of three coffins to front. Light browning and faint dampspotting, light soiling to exterior, faint stain to foot of front wrapper. A well-preserved copy. $750. * The Thayer brothers (Nelson, Israel, and Isaac) were convicted in 1825 for the robbery and murder of their boarder John Love, to whom they owed a substantial amount of money. The brothers shot him in the head, then lacerated his body with a meat cleaver. After disguising the murder scene with a pig carcass, they buried Love in a shallow grave. Their crime was discovered a short while later. After two brief trials, the Thayers were executed together by hanging on June 17, 1825. A sensational event, it was probably the first hanging to take place in Erie County, New York. This event was the subject of several pamphlets, four published in Buffalo. In this edition the dying address is followed by an account of the trial and execution in verse. This imprint, which is listed in Cohen and mentioned in McDade, is a variant of a copy described in McDade, which has an image of a single coffin. McDade, The Annals of Murder 972. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 13088.
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