The Burdick Scandal – Part VII

As the details oozed out, a shadowy noose tightened around Arthur Pennell. A sales clerk from a store where Pennell purchased a .32, two weeks before Burdick’s murder, was called to testify. The clerk related that Pennell returned to the store on February 27th, just two hours after the murder was discovered, to purchase another gun, an…

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The Burdick Scandal – Part VI

With the technical evidence of the doctors and police complete, the inquest moved on to focus on those close to Burdick. Though Gertrude Paine was not named as a suspect, and all suspicion was now focused on Arthur Pennell, people were visibly excited when the socialite and close friend of the Burdicks’ was subpoenaed. Without a doubt, it was Gertrude…

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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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