A Rare McDade Item [Murder]. McCaffrey, James [1813-1850]. The Life and Private History of James Mc'Caffrey, Who Was Convicted at New Haven on the 29th day of April, A.D. 1850, Of the Murder of Ann Smith on the 29th day of October 1849, And Sentenced to be Hung at New Haven, Conn., On the Second Day of October, A.D. 1850. Written at His Request, And According to His Dictation. New Haven: Edward Downes, 5 Exchange Place, Storer & Stone, Printers, 1850. 32 pp. Octavo (9" x 6"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in pictorial wrappers. Some soiling and a few minor stains, binding slightly cocked, moderate rubbing, a few minor creases and tears to edges of wrappers, spine abraded, rear wrapper partially detached but secure. Moderate toning and light foxing to text, corners of a few leaves dog-eared. $1,350. * Only edition. "McCaffrey was convicted of killing an elderly couple, Charles and Ann Smith, of New Haven, while he was negotiating to buy their tavern" (McDade). OCLC locates 3 copies (American Antiquarian Society, Trinity College, University of Michigan). McDade, The Annals of Murder 644.
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