"One of Those Legal Marathons Peculiar to the United States": McDade 576 [Trial]. Kring, Charles F., Defendant. [Kring, Eugene]. Love and Law, In Two Parts. Part I. The Only True History of the Killing of Mrs. Dora C.J. Broemser, by Chas. F. Kring: Together with the Autobiography of the Latter: Part II. Missouri's Fraud, Or, The Full and Complete Legal History of the Case of the State of Missouri vs. Chas. F. Kring: Embracing a Description of the Many Trials and Appeals, Together with Law Points Involved and Appellate Court's Decisions Thereon. St. Louis: Published by the Author, 1882. 200,  pp. 2 woodcut frontispieces. 14 woodcut plates. Final 5 pp. are advertisements. Octavo (9" x 6"). Original flexible cloth, blind frame and gilt title to front cover, which is detached. Light rubbing and a few spots to covers, heavier rubbing to extremities with wear to spine ends, early owner bookplate (T.J. Silvius) to front pastedown, early owner signature (of Silvius) to front free endpaper. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing to a few leaves, fold lines and small chips to upper outside corners of preliminaries and first four leaves of main text. $950. * Only edition. "Kring's case is one of those legal marathons peculiar to the United States. Infatuated with but rejected by Mrs. Broemser, he shot her on January 4, 1875. The death sentence in trial number 1 was reversed. Trials number 2 and 3 were mistrials. At trial number 4 Kring pled guilty to second-degree murder, but, after receiving a twenty-five-year sentence, he got that reversed. At trial number 5 he received his second death sentence, which the United States Supreme Court reversed in October, 1882, by a five-to-four vote" (McDade). OCLC locates 3 copies in law libraries (Columbia, Harvard, St. John's University). McDade, The Annals of Murder 576.
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