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Rockafield, H.A.]: Anderson, Alexander
THE MANHEIM TRAGEDY. A COMPLETE HISTORY OF THE DOUBLE MURDER OF MRS. GARBER & MRS. REAM: WITH THE ONLY AUTHENTIC LIFE AND CONFESSION OF ALEXANDER ANDERSON.
Printed at the Evening Express Office, Lancaster, Pa, 1858. 64pp., plus three woodcut plates. Original pictorial wrappers. Wrappers worn and chipped, front wrapper foxed along the lower portion, loss to upper outside corners of rear wrapper and last few leaves (text only slightly affected), some loss to paper at spine ends. Pages 41-48 misbound between pp.32-33, occasional light foxing and tanning throughout. Partially unopened. Good. Second edition of Rockafield's popular compilation of materials related to the "Manheim Tragedy," a brutal double rape and murder committed in Manheim, Pennsylvania, by two men: one described as a "negro," the other as a "mulatto speaking the German language." This edition was printed in the same year as the first edition and appears to be identical except for the addition of a third illustration, depicting the prisoners kneeling in prayer on the scaffold. There was also a German translation printed the same year (DAS MANHEIMER TRAUERSPIEL.). On the morning of December 15, 1857 Elizabeth Ream stopped by to visit with Anna Garber as she worked in the kitchen. Both older women, they were related by marriage, Mrs. Garber's daughter Mary Ann had married Mrs. Ream's son. At 1pm, Mary Ann stopped by to visit and a "death-like silence reigned within." She found the two women in the back room, "their bodies in an indelicate position.with their throats cut from ear to ear, and their clothes and person saturated in their own blood." She ran to the neighbors and raised the alarm. Suspicion immediately fell on two African-American men who had been in the … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]
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