Arsenic Under the Elms
Murder in Victorian New Haven
A high-profile murder can function as a mirror of an era, and attorney and crime researcher Virginia McConnell provides a fascinating view of Connecticut in Victorian times, as glimpsed through the unrelated, but disturbingly similar murders of two young women near New Haven in the late 1800s. The colorful characters involved in the commission, investigation, and prosecution of these crimes emerge as real, vibrant individuals, and their stories, compelling in themselves, reveal much about Victorian sex and marriage, drugs from arsenic to aphrodisiacs, early forensic medicine, and 19th-century courtroom procedures.
Greenwood Pub Group
This fascinating examination of two sensational, unsolved murders presents nineteenth-century New Haven as a microcosm of Victorian society, with new insight into the customs, law, medicine, journalism, and language of the day.
McConnell (English, Walla Walla Community College, Washington; also lawyer and crime researcher) provides a vivid account of the sensationalized but apparently unrelated murders of two young women in the New Haven, Connecticut area in the late 1800s. Their stories and the ensuing murder investigations reveal interesting details about Victorian ideologies and attitudes, early forensic medicine, and 19th century courtroom proceedings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Focusing on two unsolved murders in late-1800s New Haven, the author exposes the secret world of arsenic, aphrodisiacs, and marital infidelity lurking under the town's thin Victorian veneer.
Focusing on two unsolved murders in late-nineteenth-century New Haven, the author exposes the secret world of arsenic, aphrodisiacs, and marital infidelity lurking under the town's thin Victorian veneer
Westport, CT : Praeger, 1999
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xiv. 260 p. ; 24 cm