Philadelphia: Barclay & Company, 1878. Original printed and illustrated front wrapper [lightly spotted and worn; rear wrapper absent]. Stitched. , 19-91, [3- publ. advts] pp. Stitched. Illustrations. Good+. A typically lurid Barclay production.
"Hunter had lost $7,000 when he invested in Armstrong's music-publishing company. Thinking to turn his loss into a profit, he insured Armstrong's life for $25,000. With a hired assistant, Tom Graham, he enticed Armstrong to Camden, New Jersey, and there bashed his head in with an ax which he had carefully marked with the initials of another man to throw suspicion on him. Though he remained unconscious, Armstrong survived, and Hunter, calling at his home, hastened his death by tearing the bandages from his head. Graham confessed and Hunter was convicted and hanged, and he was actually hanged by hand" [McDade].
McDade 494. Item #39607