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Studies in Scarlet: Marriage & Sexuality in the U.S. & U.K., 1815-1914

The history of sensational trials goes back much further than the days of Court TV, and even past the sordid business of Leopold and Loeb, which was known as the "Trial of the Century." The good folks at the Harvard University Library are well aware of this fact, and they recently created this fascinating online archive of 420 trial narratives for use by historians and members of the web-browsing public who might be intrigued by such goings-on. Titled "Studies in Scarlet", this collection includes American, British, and Irish cases from 1814 to 1914 that involve domestic violence, seduction, breach of promise to marry, and murder. While many of the lives chronicled here are not well-known to the public, there are a few recognizable trials, such as the trial of Harry Thaw for the murder of Stanford White, the famed architect, and a transcript of the adultery trial of Caroline, Queen Consort of George IV.
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April 20th, 2007
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April 20th, 2007 at 11:13am
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April 21st, 2007 at 11:20am
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