Book #71424

The Trial and Conviction of John Francis Knapp for the Murder of...

A Famous Salem Murder: McDade 569 [Trial]. Knapp, John Francis, Defendant. The Trial and Conviction of John Francis Knapp for the Murder of Joseph White, Esq. of Salem, On the Sixth of April 1830. Boston: Published by Charles Ellms, 1830. 35, [1] pp. Woodcut frontispiece. Woodcut title vignette of murder. Half-title reads: Knapp's Second Trial, Conviction, And Sentence. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet, wrappers lacking. Light soiling to exterior, moderate toning to text, some chipping, short tears and wear to fore-edges of leaves through p. 19 with no loss to text, faint spotting in a few places, faint dampstaining to a few leaves. A scarce title. $600. * Only edition. The murder of Joseph White, a wealthy retired sea captain, a conspiracy by a relative, Joseph Knapp, who hired his brother John Francis 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. John Francis Knapp was tried twice. He was convicted in his second trial and sentenced to death. OCLC locates 9 copies, 2 in law libraries (Library of Congress, Yale). McDade, The Annals of Murder 569.

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