A Rare Account of the Bickford Murder Trial: McDade 987 [Trial]. Tirrell, Albert J., Defendant. [Estabrook, Silas, Primary Author]. Eccentricities & Anecdotes of Albert John Tirrell, The Reputed Murderer of the Beautiful Maria Bickford, Who Met Her Untimeley Fate on the Night of the 25th October, 1845, In the Moral and Religious City of Boston. With an Appendix, Presenting the Most Authentic Evidence Concerning the Murder. By a Lady of Weymouth, Mass. Boston: Published and For Sale by All the Periodical Dealers, 1846. -48 [i.e. 32] pp. Octavo (9-3/4" x 6"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in pictorial wrappers, publisher advertisement to verso of rear wrapper (of another account of the Bickford murder), untrimmed edges. Moderate edgewear and soiling, spine abraded, wrappers partially detached at ends. Light browning and foxing, faint dampstaining in places, "2" in early hand to head of front wrapper, small doodle along fore-edge near foot, "Maria Bickford" in faint early hand in pencil to head of p.5. $1,250. * Only edition. "The murder of a harlot seems to lend a special interest to a case which is measurable by the many publications which ensue. (...) The Tirrell case is one of the triumphs of Rufus Choate, who convinced the jury that his client did not cut the throat of Mrs. Bickford, or, if he did, he did it in his sleep. The defense of somnambulism by Choate might well join that other classic of defense put forth by Delphin Michael Delmas, who as counsel for Harry K. Thaw pleaded 'dementia Americana'" (McDade). McDade says most of this account is "pure fiction, but there are some facts on the crime." OCLC locates no non-virtual copies of this imprint. McDade, The Annals of Murder 987 (synopsis of case from entry 986).
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