One of the Men Who Murdered Captain White: McDade 564 [Murder]. Citizen of Danvers. [Crowninshield, Richard (1804-1830)]. Biographical Sketch of the Celebrated Salem Murderer, Who for Ten Years Past has Been the Terror of Essex County, Mass. Including a Full and Authentic Account of His Daring Exploits; Together with Many New and Interesting Particulars of the Late Murder. Boston: Printed for the Author, 1830. 24 pp. Woodcut frontispiece and title-page vignette. Octavo (9-1/4" x 6"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet, untrimmed edges. Negligible light soiling to exterior, light toning to text, faint dampstaining to upper half of text block, faint dampspotting to several leaves. A scarce title. $600. * First edition. The murder of Joseph White, a wealthy retired sea captain, a conspiracy by a relative, Joseph Knapp, who hired his brother Frank Knapp and the brothers Richard and George Crowninshield, was one of the most famous trials of the 1830s. Joseph Knapp received immunity for turning in the Crowninshields. George Crowninshield had a good alibi that prevented his conviction. Richard Crowninshield escaped justice by hanging himself. After a second trial, John Francis Knapp was convicted and sentenced to death. Biographical Sketch is a record of Richard Crowninshield's misspent youth. A second edition with a slightly different title was published in 1845. Both are scarce. OCLC locates 13 copies of the first edition, 3 in law libraries (Social Law, University of Missouri, Yale). McDade, The Annals of Murder 564.
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