The Burdick Scandal – Part X

When Mrs. Burdick returned to the stand, DA Coatsworth pounced: “There was an occasion about two years ago when you and Mr. Burdick had quite an altercation at your house. Wasn’t there?” The witness assented. “And after that it was necessary for him to wear a piece of court-plaster on his head, wasn’t it?” “No, sir.” “Did […]

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The Burdick Scandal – Part V

The obsessive coverage surrounding the inquest into Edwin Burdick’s murder was an early forerunner of today’s sensational trials. The packed courtroom and the public’s insatiable appetite for seedy details were new to Police Justice Thomas Murphy and District Attorney Edward Coatsworth. Two important facts emerged just before the inquest. The first was that Edwin Burdick had rewritten […]

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Update #2 on 1903 Cold Case

This is the second update on the 1903 James Patterson murder cold case. Here’s a link to the original story and a link to part one of the update. The first update is about new information uncovered about the time before the murder. This post deals with what happened after the murder. Incidentally, is a murder that took place over […]

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