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220 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 157-211) and index.
Shortly after a dismembered torso was discovered by a pond outside Philadelphia in 1887, investigators homed in on two suspects: Hannah Mary Tabbs, a married, working-class, black woman, and George Wilson, a former neighbor whom Tabbs implicated after her arrest. As details surrounding the shocking case emerged, both the crime and ensuing trial brought otherwise taboo subjects such as illicit sex, adultery, and domestic violence in the black community to public attention. At the same time, the mixed race of the victim and one of his assailants exacerbated anxieties over the purity of whiteness in the post-Reconstruction era.
Prologue -- Handle with care -- The woman found -- To do him bodily harm -- Wavy hair and nearly white skin -- Held for trial -- A most revolting deed -- Epilogue.