Virginia A. McConnell
Arsenic Under the Elms: Murder in Victorian New Haven
July 10, 2019 Comments.. 628
Arsenic Under the Elms Murder in Victorian New Haven The attorney Virginia A McConnell provides a riveting view of Connecticut in the late s as revealed through the unrelated but disturbingly similar murders of two young women The first Mary Stanna

  • Title: Arsenic Under the Elms: Murder in Victorian New Haven
  • Author: Virginia A. McConnell
  • ISBN: 9780803283091
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Paperback
  • The attorney Virginia A McConnell provides a riveting view of Connecticut in the late 1800s as revealed through the unrelated but disturbingly similar murders of two young women The first, Mary Stannard, was an unmarried mother who worked as a domestic and believed herself to be pregnant for a second time The man accused of her murder, Reverend Herbert Hayden, was a marThe attorney Virginia A McConnell provides a riveting view of Connecticut in the late 1800s as revealed through the unrelated but disturbingly similar murders of two young women The first, Mary Stannard, was an unmarried mother who worked as a domestic and believed herself to be pregnant for a second time The man accused of her murder, Reverend Herbert Hayden, was a married lay minister whose seduction of Mary was common knowledge Three years later, Jennie Cramer, another woman of low social status, was found floating facedown in Long Island Sound off West Haven The characters involved in the commission, investigation, and prosecution of these crimes emerge as vibrant individuals, and their stories shed light on many aspects of the Victorian world sex and marriage drugs, from arsenic to aphrodisiacs forensic medicine and courtroom procedures.

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    1. Donna says:

      A little too technical vis a vis trial coverage for my taste. Lots of names too . . .

    2. Alie says:

      A cautionary tale. The caution - use birth control.

    3. Rose says:

      In Arsenic Under the Elms: Murder in Victorian New Haven, attorney and college professor Virginia McConnell focuses on two murders that shocked the residents of New Haven, Connecticut in 1878 and 1881 but have since been forgotten. The victims were not showgirls or society ladies, but average young women who fell prey to unscrupulous men. Their sensational deaths, however, spawned media frenzies that exposed the contemporary attitudes toward male promiscuity and female virtue.The first half of A [...]

    4. Julia Alberino says:

      Basically a true crime book, retelling two separate crimes of the late 19th Century in Connecticut. The two crimes are similar in terms of victim and probable method of death. Some of the same judges, doctors and lawyers are involved in both cases because of the geographic proximity. The perpetrators are very different in every way, so don't expect speculation about a serial killer. This book not in the same league with "In Cold Blood," "Helter Skelter," or "Fatal Vision," and ultimately the end [...]

    5. Stacey Marriott says:

      Torn. The cases she covered were intriguing, and author presented a wealth of information. the downfall was with her speculation. I had a difficult time flowing her mix of nicknames and given names. no reason confuse me. Worst part was the aftermath chapter. first, why out the first case aftermath all the way at the end of the book? second, I'm surprised there was seemingly no attempt to find living relatives of any families to obtain any family folklore. In the end, I was disappointed by this b [...]

    6. Ann Herrick says:

      A fascinating account of two murders in Connecticut. The author tells the story of the *victims* in as great detail as the accused.While trials were "wilder" back then, some things never change. Wealth and/or higher social standing still often hold sway over those with less money and lower social standing.A good, fast read, except for parts in the trials where it bogs down in the forensics. You'll feel you know the people involved in the cases.

    7. Jackson Matthews says:

      Some things do not change under the sun. While I am reading Lost child it reminds me of this book and how it must be for an author who gets so wrapped up in writing a historical book that the past becomes the present. It is other-worldly.

    8. Lea Wait says:

      Clear, concise and analysis of two Victorian court cases involving young women killed in or near New Haven, Connecticut fascinating for how courts and lawyers operated, and how evidence was presented. A must for anyone interested in 19th century crime or wanting to write about it.

    9. Liz Cook says:

      This book gives a tremendous amount of insight into what it was like to be a woman stuck in an untenable situation. It challenged my ideas of what justice must have been like back then.

    10. Michelle says:

      Too much speculation and repetition of information. Skipped the aftermath chapter, disappointed with the turn out.

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