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A Great Number of Mysterious Murders Revealed: The Life of Anson.
1881 - Anson Bunker, "The Bloody Hand," Illustrated with Nine Woodcut Plates - Not in McDade [Bunker, Anson (1818-c.1873)]. A Great Number of Mysterious Murders Revealed: The Life of Anson Bunker, "The Bloody Hand," The Perpetrator of No Less Than Fifteen Cold-Blooded Murders, Amongst Which Were the Great Nathan Murder of New York City, And Those of His Three Wives, and Several Others in Various Parts of the Country. His Horrible Confessions and Terrible Doom. Philadelphia: Barclay & Co., Publishers, [copyright 1881]. [ii], [19]-95 pp. Nine pages of woodcut plates. Octavo (9-1/4" x 6"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in pictorial wrappers. Light soiling, some edgewear and a few tiny stains, final few leaves partially detached but secure. Light toning, internally clean. * Later issue. First published in 1875, this is a notably lurid biography. The most prominent victim was Nathan, a leading member of New York's Jewish, financial and philanthropic communities. This murder was front-page news in New York, and it was never solved. Bunker was not a suspect, but he is presented as a likely murderer in this account. People Anson actually murdered include his three wives and other victims in Canada, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Louisville, New Orleans and elsewhere. Bunker's adventures in the Confederate Army are also described. The plates are notably lurid. One depicts a botched bank robbery in Kentucky in which Bunker and his associate disguised themselves as African-Americans. Another shows a pre-teen Bunker and four other boys murdering a man in New York City's notorious "Five Points." No copies of this imprint on OCLC. Not in McDade. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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