Halifax Tragedy House, Halifax, Mass.

Collection Type

  • Photography

Date

1874

Location Note

Stereoviews: Halifax

GUSN

GUSN-259092

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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

murders
crime
exterior views
farmhouses
photographs
stereographs

Physical Description

1 stereoscopic photograph

Collection Code

PC001

Collection Name

General photographic collection

Reference Code

PC001.04.01.USMA.0730.0010.001

Acquisition Type

Gift

Image Dimensions

3.25 x 6.75 (HxW)(inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Robert Bayard Severy

Places

Halifax (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)

Record Details

Originator

Williams, J.H. (Photographer)

Material Type

photographs
stereographs

Description Level

Item

Location Note

Stereoviews: Halifax

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