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Item #78663 Report of the Case of Geo. C. Hersey, Indicted for the Murder of. Trial, James Yerrinton, Reporter.
Report of the Case of Geo. C. Hersey, Indicted for the Murder of...

Report of the Case of Geo. C. Hersey, Indicted for the Murder of...

A Lethal Dose of Strychnine Intended to Induce Abortion [Trial]. Hersey, George C, Defendant. Yerrinton, James M.W., Reporter. Report of the Case of Geo. C. Hersey, Indicted for the Murder of Betsy Frances Tirrell Before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts; Including the Hearing on the Motion in Arrest of Judgment, The Prisoner's Petition For a Commutation of Sentence, The Death Warrant, Officer's Return Upon It, And the Confession. Boston: A. Williams & Co., 1862. 267 pp. Octavo (9-1/2" x 6"). Original cloth, blind stamped frames to boards, gilt title to spine. Light rubbing and a few faint stains to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, spine gilt oxidized, chipping to spine ends, joints starting at ends, corners bumped and worn. Light browning to interior, faint marginal dampstaining, light foxing to a few leaves. $100. * First edition. According to McDade, "Hersey had been living in Weymouth [Massachusetts] with the Tirrell family since the sudden death four months before of their daughter and his fiancee, Mary Tirrell. A second daughter, Betsy became pregnant by him, and he gave her a drug which he represented would cause an abortion. Actually, it was strychnine which he had obtained in Boston allegedly to poison a dog. He was convicted and hanged. The preface claims this to be the only (in 1862) published trial in which strychnine was detected by analysis in the deceased." McDade, The Annals of Murder 472.

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