By Paul Collins
"No author greater articulates our curiosity within the confluence of wish, eccentricity, and the timelessness of the daring and weird than Paul Collins."--DAVE EGGERS
On ny, a farmer unearths a duck pond grew to become crimson with blood. at the decrease East aspect, boys taking part in at a pier find a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers close to Harlem bump into well severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a scary crime are turning up in every single place long island, however the police are baffled: There aren't any witnesses, no reasons, no suspects.
The grisly reveals that begun at the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives
headlong into the era's such a lot baffling homicide secret. Seized upon by means of fighting media moguls Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, the case turned a exposure circus. Reenactments of the homicide have been staged in instances sq., armed journalists lurked within the streets of Hell's Kitchen in pursuit of suspects, and an not going trio--a hard-luck cop, a cub reporter, and an eccentric professor--all raced to resolve the crime.
What emerged used to be a sensational love triangle and an excellent extra sensational trial: an unparalleled capital case hinging on circumstantial facts round a sufferer whom the police could not determine with walk in the park, and who the security claimed wasn't even lifeless. The homicide of the Century is a rollicking tale--a wealthy evocation of the United States through the Gilded Age and a colourful new version of the tabloid wars that experience ruled media to this day.
From the Hardcover edition.