THE STILLWELL MURDER OR A SOCIETY CRIME
1908 · Hannibal, MO
by Dawson, Minnie T.
Hannibal, MO: [for the author?] Press of McMein Printing Co., Quincy, IL, 1908. First edition. Black lettered red cloth 8vo. 154 pp. Frontis. portrait, and five illustrations. Copyright document laid in: single sheet, partially printed, completed in manuscript, stating that a copy of this title was deposited in the Library of Congress on the 17th of May, 1907, "in conformity with the laws of the United States respecting Copyrights." Blindstamp of the Library of Congress copyright office. A retelling of the death of Amos J. Stillwell (1828-1888) who was murdered with an axe. This fictionalized record of a society murder in Hannibal involved reports that Stillwell's wife conspired with Joseph Carter Hearne, a local surgeon with whom she had fallen in love, to murder her husband. Both were tried and acquitted, and the murder was never solved. OCLC lists four copies: Univ. of Michigan-Clements, Kansas City Public Lib., Missouri Hist. Museum, Truman State Univ.
Smith's "American Fiction, 1901-1925, A Bibliography": D-201. (Inventory #: 61108)