Dunton, Alvin R.
The True Story of the Hart-Meservey Murder Trial, in which light is thrown upon Dark Deeds, Incompetency, and Perfidy; and Crime Fastened upon those whose Position, if not Manhood, Should have Commanded Honest Dealing.

Boston: Published for the Author, 1882, first edition, 12mo, portraits, 309 pp., original pictorial cloth, ex-library, handstamps on title-page, shelf label on spine, binding somewhat rubbed and shaken, else a good copy.

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“Mrs. Sarah Meservey was last seen alive in Tenants Harbor, Maine, on December 22, 1877. Her strangely incurious neighbors did not look behind her blinds for five weeks; then her strangled body was finally found. Hart, a neighbor, was convicted, mainly because he talked too much before the body was found of how he dreamed she was strangled. Only a small piece this book is devoted to the trial; the remainder is the author’s theory…” – McDade, Annals of Murder, 447