An Unlucky Gambler and His Friends Turn to Murder [Broadside]. [Trials]. Thurtell, John [1794-1824]. Probert, William [d.1825]. Hunt, Joseph. Second Day. Defence, &c. Trials for Murder. [London]: K. Thomas, Printer, Denmark-Court, Strand, . 15" x 9-7/8" broadside mounted on 10-3/4" x 15-3/4" sheet, text in two columns below headline and woodcut portraits of Thurtell, Probert and Hunt. Moderate toning and light soiling, some creases and edgewear to broadside, large chip to head of broadside above headline, "1824" added in early hand to dateline ("Hertford, Jan. 7") at beginning of text. $1,500. * John Thurtell, an unlucky gambler, was deeply in debt to the crooked bookmaker William Weare. Deciding to take revenge, Thurtell, along with his friends Joseph Hunt and William Probert, murdered Weare in a grisly manner and tossed his body into a pond. Thurtell tried to escape conviction. He was hanged. Hunt confessed his involvement and stated that Thurtell was the killer. He was sent to the penal colony in Botany Bay, Australia. Charges against Probert were dropped in exchange for his wife's testimony. No copies listed on OCLC or Library Hub.
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