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Halifax Tragedy House, Halifax, Mass., bedroom

PC002.USMA.Halifax.SI.060 (RS139940)

Description

Interior stereo view photograph of the "Halifax Tragedy House," Halifax, Mass., showing the scene of the murder of Simeon Sturtevant. This house, located at 526 Thompson Road in Halifax, was the scene of a gruesome triple murder in February 1874. William Sturtevant was eventually tried and hanged for the murder of his two great-uncles, Thomas and Simeon Sturtevant, and their maid, Mary Buckley. It was said that the motive was money. See trial updates from the New York Times published during the month of July 1874, searchable online. Also, the Whitman Hanson Express ran a four part series on the murder and investigation in 2009, available at whitmanhansonexpress.com.

J.H. Williams of South Scituate, Mass., was the photographer for Plymouth County at the time of the murders. Williams acted as the crime scene photographer for the case and later made these images into stereo views, possibly for purchase. See GUSN 259092 for a stereo view of the exterior of the house.

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Details

Collection Name
Domestic interiors photographic collection
Collection Code
PC002
Dates
1874
Acquisition Type
Gift
Physical Description
1 stereoscopic photograph
Dimensions
3.25x 6.75(HxW) (inches)
Dimensions
3"x 3" (HxW) (inches)
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Item
Additional Identification Number
ACCESS ID: 3936
Old ID: 3975.00
Credit Line
Gift of Robert Bayard Severy
GUSN
169335
Reference Code
PC002.USMA.Halifax.SI.060

Record details

Originator
Williams, J.H. (photographer)
Descriptive Terms
bedrooms
beds (furniture)
blood (animal material)
crime
interior decoration
interior views
murders
sleeping and reclining furniture
Material Type
photographs
stereographs
Places
Halifax (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)
Places (Buildings)
Halifax Tragedy House
Location Note
Stereograph Interiors
Related Items
Halifax Tragedy House, Halifax, Mass.

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