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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Special Limited-Time Price Drop for Bound with an Iron Chain

Did you receive a Kindle, Nook, or other e-reader as a gift for the holidays? Now you can load my bestselling book, Bound with an Iron Chain: The Untold Story of How the British Transported 50,000 Convicts to Colonial America, onto your e-reader for only $0.99. Kindle: Nook: Barnes and Noble All other […]

Early American Criminals: Samuel Bellamy’s Treasure

It was love at first sight for Samuel Bellamy and Mary Hallett. According to local lore, when the two met on a spring evening in 1715 in a tavern in Eastham, MA on Cape Cod, they began to talk about marriage. But when Hallett’s wealthy parents put a stop to the plan when they learned […]

The American Malefactor’s Dictionary: Now on Twitter (and Other Special Announcements)

Get a Daily Dose of Early American Crime! The American Malefactor’s Dictionary is now on Twitter at the username @EarlyAmerCrime. Entries for the dictionary will appear daily, Monday through Friday, and you can see all of them by clicking the #CrimeDict hashtag or typing it in the Twitter search box. Daily Twitter entries at @EarlyAmerCrime […]

The Ten Best History Books about Crime and Punishment

Just in time for the gift-giving season, here is my “Ten Best History Books about Crime and Punishment.” I want to thank everyone who submitted suggestions for the list: I read some of the books already, and I look forward to reading those I haven’t. Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at […]

EAC Reviews: Murder and Mayhem in Essex County by Robert Wilhelm

Murder and Mayhem in Essex County by Robert Wilhelm (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2011), 128 pp. Robert Wilhelm has earned a reputation for writing compelling accounts of 19th-century murders on his blog, Murder by Gaslight. He has more recently taken on a new project, The National Night Stick, which chronicles the oddities and outrageous […]