Three Rare Murder Trials: McDade 527, 534 & 191 [Trial]. Johnson, John, Defendant. The Trial of John Johnson for the Murder of James Murray before the Oyer & Terminer at New-York, March 16, 1824. Trenton: Printed by Francis S. Wiggins, 1824. 24 pp. [Bound with] [Trial]. Johnson, Richard, Defendant. Trial of Richard Johnson for the Murder of Mrs. Ursula Newman, Held in the Court of Oyer and Terminer on the 10th of March, 1829. New-York: Printed and Published by J. M'Cleland, 285 Water-street, . 24 pp. Woodcut illustration on title page. [And] [Trial]. Clough, Joel, Defendant. Trial, Sentence, Confession and Execution of Joel Clough, Who was Executed on the 26th July, For the Wilful Murder of Mrs. Mary Hamilton, At Bordentown, N. Jersey, On the 6th of April, 1833. Also an Account of his Escape from Prison a Few Days Previous to his Execution. New-York: Printed and Sold Wholesale and Retail by Christian Brown, . 24 pp. [ONLY]. Woodcut illustrations to recto and verso of title page. Lacking last two leaves (pp. 25-27). Octavo (7" x 4-1/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlets bound in contemporary quarter sheep over marbled boards. Light rubbing to boards, somewhat heavier rubbing to extremities, front board separating at ends but secure, rear joint cracked, spine ends abraded, corners bumped and somewhat worn, rear hinge starting at ends. Moderate toning to interior, somewhat heavier in places, light foxing, faint dampstains to a few leaves, clean tear to fore-edge of last leaf of first item affecting text without loss to legibility, minor loss to text (but not legibility) at fore-edge of pp. 19-20 of second item due to printer error, tears to title page of third item, which has an illegible contemporary annotation (ownership signature?) at its head. $1,500. * Only editions. John Johnson murdered his roommate, Francis Murray, in his bed with a hatchet. The motive was apparently money. Richard Johnson "had been living with Mrs. Newman for several years" and "had urged her to marry him" (McDade). When she refused to marry him or even acknowledge him as the father of her child, he shot her. Joel Clough "was infatuated with Mrs. Hamilton, a widow who did not return his affection. In a fit of frustration he stabbed her to death" (McDade). All of these items are rare. The Richard Johnson trial appear.
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