An illustrated chapbook on the murder of prostitute Helen Jewett, ca. 1878

An illustrated chapbook on the murder of prostitute Helen Jewett, ca. 1878

The Truly remarkable life of the beautiful Helen Jewett, who was so mysteriously murdered. The strangest and most exciting case known in the police annals of crimes and mysteries in the great city of New York.

 

Philadelphia, Barclay & Co, [1878]. Ca. 23,5 x 14,5 cm. [3], 20-64 pp. With 4 full-page wood engraved illustrations (one repeated on the wrappers). 

 

Original illustrated blue-grey wrappers. The wrappers show some light wear, most notably on the spine, but given the ephemeral nature of the booklet, it is remarkably well-preserved.

 

A murder pamphlet on one of the most sensational murders in American history, the killing of 22-year old New York prostitute Helen Jewett (born Dorcas Doyen) in 1836. It was one of the first sex scandals that received detailed, nationwide media coverage.

 

On a Sunday morning in early April 1836, Helen's body was discovered in her bed. Her forehead was lashed open and her bed set