The Devils Gentleman: Privilege Poison and The Trial That Ushered in The Twentieth Century [Audiobook]
Written by way of Harold Schechter
Read by way of Sean Runnette
From famend true-crime historian Harold Schechter, whom The Boston Book Review hails as “America’s major chronicler of its largest psychopathic killers,” comes the riveting exploration of a infamous, sensational New York City homicide within the 1890s, the interesting forensic science of an previous age, and the explosively dramatic trial that changed into a tabloid sensation on the flip of the century.
Death used to be by way of poison and got here within the mail: A bundle of Bromo Seltzer have been anonymously despatched to Harry Cornish, the preferred athletic director of Manhattan’s elite Knickerbocker Athletic Club. Cornish slightly survived swallowing a small dose; his cousin Mrs. Katherine Adams died in agony after consuming the poisonous brew. Scandal sheets owned by way of Hearst and Pulitzer eagerly jumped in this tale of deadly high-society intrigue, speculating that the devious killer used to be a chemist, a girl, or “an effeminate guy.” Forensic research steered cyanide as the reason for dying; handwriting at the fatal bundle and the vestige of a label glued to the bottle pointed to a good-looking, athletic society scamp, Roland Molineux.
The wayward son of a respected Civil War basic, Molineux had clashed bitterly with Cornish prior to. He had even furiously denounced Cornish when penning his resignation from the Knickerbocker Club, a letter that later proved a significant clue. Bon vivant Molineux had not too long ago wed the sensuous Blanche Chesebrough, an opera singer whose former lover, Henry Barnet, had additionally not too long ago died . . . after taking drugs despatched to him throughout the mail. Molineux’s next indictment for homicide led to 2 explosive trials, a sex-infused scandal that surprised the country, and a lurid print-media circus that resulted in insanity and a proud circle of relatives’s shame.
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