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"A good story, well told, of a sliver of life in Richmond, a small, elite-driven capital city in the young nation's most influential state."
—Publishers Weekly
George Wythe clung to the mahogany banister as he inched down the staircase of his comfortable Richmond, Virginia, home. Doubled over in agony, he stumbled to the kitchen in search of help. There he found his maid, Lydia Broadnax, and his young protegé, Michael Brown, who were also writhing in distress. Hours later, when help arrived, Wythe was quick to tell anyone who would listen, "I am murdered." Over the next two weeks, as Wythe suffered a long and painful death, insults would be added to his mortal injury.

I Am Murdered tells the bizarre true story of Wythe's death and the subsequent trial of his grandnephew and namesake, George Wythe Sweeney, for the crime—unquestionably the most sensational and talked-about court case of the era. Hinging on hit-and-miss forensics, the unreliability of medical autopsies, the prevalence of poisoning, race relations, slavery, and the law, Sweeney's trial serves as a window into early nineteenth-century America. Its particular focus is on Richmond, part elegant state capital and part chaotic boomtown riddled with vice, opportunism, and crime.

As Wythe lay dying, his doctors insisted that he had not been poisoned, and Sweeney had the nerve to beg him for bail money. In I Am Murdered, this signer of the Declaration of Independence, mentor to Thomas Jefferson, and "Father of American Jurisprudence" finally gets the justice he deserved.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2009
January 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
288
Pages
PUBLISHER
Turner Publishing Company
SELLER
Ingram DV LLC
SIZE
2.8
MB

Customer Reviews

Namesake savior ,

True or false ?

Some of the elements of this story are true, however some of the statements the author makes are not historically accurate and can not be proven with primary sources. Please keep this in mind while reading this work of NONFICTION!
Says a person who works at the George Wythe house in Colonial Williamsburg, VA. (He was poisoned by his great-nephew, George Wythe Sweeney but it can not be totally proved)

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