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Hannah Mary Tabbs and the disembodied torso : a tale of race, sex, and violence in America

Author: Kali N Gross
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Shortly after a dismembered torso was discovered by a pond outside Philadelphia in 1887, investigators homed in on two suspects: Hannah Mary Tabbs, a married, working-class, black woman, and George Wilson, a former neighbor whom Tabbs implicated after her arrest. As details surrounding the shocking case emerged, both the crime and ensuing trial brought otherwise taboo subjects such as illicit sex, adultery, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: True crime literature
True crime stories
Case studies
Named Person: Hannah Mary Tabbs
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kali N Gross
ISBN: 9780190241216 0190241217
OCLC Number: 907657561
Description: 220 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue --
Handle with care --
The woman found --
To do him bodily harm --
Wavy hair and nearly white skin --
Held for trial --
A most revolting deed --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Kali Nicole Gross.

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The narrative of the discovery of a hacked up body outside of Philadelphia leads to a police investigation and trial of a woman and man, which sheds like on post-Reconstruction America, the history  Read more...

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"A sordid murder reveals beliefs about race, sex, and justice in post-Civil War Philadelphia. Historian Gross draws on police and prison records, witness testimony, newspapers, and other archival Read more...

 
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