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Posts tagged with Helen Jewett

Thirst for crime

Posted by: | November 11, 2014 | No Comment |

  The murder of Helen Jewett in 1836 gave way to a template for crime reporting which endures to the present day. And the gruesome crime would have been forgotten if it wasn’t for the evolution of American newspapers.   At the time, most newspapers thrived on information that consisted of stories about commerce and […]

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Crime sells

Posted by: | September 16, 2009 | No Comment |

Before OJ, before cable news, before the advent of tabloids and even before the Lindbergh kidnapping, there was the murder of Helen Jewett in 1836. Jewett was an upscale prostitute in New York City until her brutal murder in the early hours of April 10. The next day, New York’s best-selling Sun newspaper published the first account of the crime, including all of […]

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