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Blood & Ivy: The 1849 Murder That Scandalized Harvard

A delectable true-crime story of scandal and murder at Americas most celebrated university.On November 23rd of 1849, in the heart of Boston, one of the citys richest men simply vanished. Dr. George Parkman, a Brahmin who owned much of Bostons West End, was last seen that afternoon visiting his alma mater, Harvard Medical School. Police scoured city tenements and the harbor, and offered hefty rewards as leads put the elusive Dr. Parkman at sea or hiding in Manhattan. But one Harvard janitor held a much darker suspicion: that their ruthless benefactor had never left the Medical School building alive.His shocking discoveries in a chemistry professors laboratory engulfed America in one of its most infamous trials: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. John White Webster. A baffling case of red herrings, grave robbery, and dismembermentof Harvards greatest doctors investigating one of their own, for a murder hidden in a building full of cadaversit became a landmark case in the use of medical...

Title : Blood & Ivy: The 1849 Murder That Scandalized Harvard
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ISBN : 9780393245165
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 368 pages
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Blood & Ivy: The 1849 Murder That Scandalized Harvard Reviews

  • Kari

    For the most part I enjoyed this one. It was kind of cool to read about Cambridge and Boston in the late 1840s. The author did a great job of setting the tone for the true crime story about the murder of a prominent Harvard professor. It was the first case in the US to use dental evidence as well as making a case for reasonable doubt. Worth a read, however it is a little slow.

  • Layne

    For me this was a solid 3.5 read, so the half star goes to the author. Full disclosure, I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher but am not required to write a review. The story was compelling and the author did a good job of moving it along. He let the dramatic nature of the events speak for themselves and did not overly embellish the narrative. I have one small quibble with the ebook version. The footnotes are highlighted and linked to the bibliography, which is fine. However th ...more

  • Seth

    Blood & Ivy is about the murder of an elite Bostonian/Harvard alum (allegedly) by another elite Bostonian/Harvard professor. Very well written, and immersive, but slow. I actually read this in a few sitting, something I was not expecting due to previous history readings. [Got a kindle copy via a Goodreads giveaway]

  • Thebooktrail

    A real life crime of the century brought to grisly exquisite life!

    Take your reading scalpel to this one and get dissecting!

  • Judith

    This book is important because it focuses on a court case, obscure I suspect to many Americans, that established the legal definition of "reasonable doubt" and the use of medical forensics. Certainly this case has been much cited. The writing is vivid and detailed and the main characters are described well. However, I think it would be improved by reviewing or detailing what legal jurisprudence used (or perhaps it didn't use anything?) before the judge of this case established the definition. I ...more

  • Lauren Albert

    I always enjoy Collins' books. This one was very good at placing you in 1849 Cambridge. It was easy to "know" the characters. That was slightly frightening--to recognize how easily one might know someone just like the murderer or the murdered...

  • Rosa Tremaine

    In Blood & Ivy: The 1849 Murder that Scandalized Harvard, Paul Collins weaves a complex true crime tale that twists around itself rather like the hangman's noose that casts a long and deadly shadow over the plot.

    The book begins and ends with Charles Dickens, a device that is both clever and relevant to the context. I had always assumed Dickens to be exaggerating his characters into caricatures of themselves, but the real-life people in Blood & Ivy are every bit as eccentric and bizarre

  • Danielle

    Dr. George Parkman was a prominent Bostonian who mysteriously went missing in 1849. As detectives try to follow many varied leads to try and find out what happened to them a janitor at Harvard Medical School begins to suspect that Parkman never left the building after he was last seen there. This book didn't do much for me, but I imagine if you a fan of historic true crime books this one would be up your alley.