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Murder on Trial

Murder on Trial 1620-2002
Robert Asher, Lawrence B. Goodheart, and Alan Rogers, editors. Albany, NY, State University of New York Press, 2005.
"The essays in Murder on Trial analyze the effects of changing social norms on the development and application of the legal frameworks used to determine the motives and the ability to distinguish between right and wrong of people who are accused of a homicide." Available?

Other Books

Murder Most Foul: The Killer and the American Gothic Imagination
Karen Halttunen. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1998.
"explores the changing view of murder from early New England sermons read at the public executions, through to the true crime literature and tabloid reporting of the late 1990s." Available?
Murder in America: A History
Roger Lane. Columbus, Ohio, Ohio State University Press, 1997. Available?
American Homicide
Randall Roth. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 2009. Available?
Homicide by the Rich and Famous: A Century of Prominent Killers
Gini Graham Scott. Westport, Conn., Praeger, 2005. Available?
Stalking, Threatening, and Attacking Public Figures a Psychological and Behavioral Analysis
J. Reid Meloy, Lorraine Sheridan, and Jens Hoffmann. New York, Oxford University Press, 2008. Available?
Killer on the Road: Violence and the American Interstate
Ginger Gail Strand. Austin, University of Texas Press, 2012.
"Looks at the correlation between the construction of the Interstate Highway system and the rise in the national murder rate, highlighting specific killers and how the highway system changed America." Available?

Murder in America

Homicide: Explaining America's Exceptionalism
Eric Monkkonen. American Historical Review 111(1), February 2007, pp. 76-94
"Details the dramatic contrast between Europe's tumbling homicide rates from the medieval era onward and the remarkably high incidence of murder throughout US history." Rutgers-restricted access

Famous Trials

Famous Trials
Background essays and primary documents, including trial transcript, testimony, court documents, news reports, maps, images, etc. relating to some 75 trials, including 29 murder trials. Created and maintained by Prof. Doug Linder of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School.
Trial Pamphlets Collection: Contemporary Accounts of Trials from the 1600s to 1800s
"Contemporary accounts of trials that involved prominent citizens or that dealt with especially controversial or lurid topics." Collection from the Cornell University Law Library.

Murder in New Jersey

Murder Did Pay: 19th Century New Jersey Murders
John T. Cunningham and Donald A. Sinclair. Newark, New Jersey Historical Society, 1981.
Reprint of four nineteen century pamphlets, each dealing with a sensational New Jersey murder case. Accounts originally published 1833-1872. Available?
Innocence Rewarded: Or the Successful Triumph of Margaret Garrity, who was tried for the Murder of a False Lover, at Newark, New Jersey

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