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|
|Number of Pages||:||368 pages|
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Blood & Ivy: The 1849 Murder That Scandalized Harvard Reviews
Paul Collins sets you squarely in the insular 1840s Harvard, and pages fly by as you're drawn in to the story of how a murder rocked this staid society. I picked up this book having some familiarity with the case, but the whole thing turned out to be so much more than I knew! Recommended for true crime, Harvard/Boston history, or legal history enthusiasts.
I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Netgalley.
An elegant, beautifully structured tale from real life. Fascinating characters, just the right amount of detail, and a crystal-clear evocation of life in the Boston of 1849. I could smell it.
Paul Collins is a modern master.
I feel a little weird giving 5 stars to a book about a [real-life] murder.
This book is about the murder of George Parkman, a local doctor/landlord, and subsequent trial. The first part of the book focuses solidly on Harvard like their accomplished professors, their entrance exams for would-be students, and such. I thought it was a little much at first, but given the school's larger-than-life role in the murder, it makes sense.
I thought the author did a good job of maintaining suspense while reve ...more
Another exceptional historical true crime book from the author of MURDER OF THE CENTURY. The research is excellent, and here's an example of the writing quality: "Webster's writ was really something of a scarecrow made of lots of little straws bound together to appear frightful, on closer inspection, it was still merely...straw."
BLOOD AND IVY is about a famous murder trial occurring in 1849. What's unusual about it is that a Harvard professor is accused of murdering a famous doctor and real estate landlord.
The case was also unique in that there were no eye witnesses but the victim's false teeth were found in a small furnace in the accused's lab. The dentist who made his false teeth took the stand and identified the teeth as those he made for the victim. A handwriting expert also testified that one of the letters sent to ...more
This was more interesting than I expected. The murder itself wasn't the most interesting part. It was reading the realities of life at that time, through the lens of a missing person and murder trial.
Apparently, there was a lot more civil disobedience, unrest and rioting in the streets than I was aware of. The author makes it clear that these things were a regular part of life in the city. Sometimes, there weren't even reasons for the rioting behavior. Just something to go wild about. I wonder i ...more
What an interesting book. This is so different from normal crime books. First of all, it is wrapped around Harvard, Boston, and Cambridge. And who knew so many of our national treasured authors all were Harvard men. A Harvard man goes missing, and it seems without a trace. A janitor at Harvard has his suspicions about a professor in the medical school. The story works it way through this academic world and ends with a trial. The press has come of age and thrives on stories of scandal, not caring ...more
Thank you to NetGalley and WW Norton Publishing for gifting me with an ARC of Blood & Ivy by Paul Collins. In exchange I offer my unbiased review.
I absolutely loved this true crime account. Collins skillfully and artistically draws the reader into the mid 19th century and the exclusive halls of Harvard University. In 1849 Dr. George Parkman, a Harvard graduate and benefactor of the esteemed university left his home to run some errands and never returned. Foul play was quickly suspected and ...more