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Halifax Tragedy House, Halifax, Mass.

PC001.04.01.USMA.0730.0010.001 (RS139942)

Description

Exterior stereo view of the "Halifax Tragedy House" in Halifax, Mass. 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 169335 for a stereo view of one of the bedrooms in the house.

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Details

Collection Name
General photographic collection
Collection Code
PC001
Dates
1874
Acquisition Type
Gift
Physical Description
1 stereoscopic photograph
Dimensions
3.25x 6.75(HxW) (inches)
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Item
Credit Line
Gift of Robert Bayard Severy
GUSN
259092
Reference Code
PC001.04.01.USMA.0730.0010.001

Record details

Originator
Williams, J.H. (Photographer)
Descriptive Terms
crime
exterior views
farmhouses
murders
Material Type
photographs
stereographs
Places
Halifax (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)
Places (Buildings)
Halifax Tragedy House
Location Note
Stereoviews: Halifax
Related Items
Halifax Tragedy House, Halifax, Mass., bedroom

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