William L. Clements Library

Past Exhibit

Murder Most Foul: Homicide in Early America

The Poison Fiend

June 11 — October 5, 2012

Curated by J. Kevin Graffagnino

This exhibit looks at murder in America from the seventeenth century to 1900 using the rich resources on crime and punishment held by the Clements. Murder and the source materials about it touch on many aspects of early American social, political, geographic, ethnic, gender, and legal history, and the Clements collections are distinctive windows on this fascinating aspect of our national heritage.