The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder

The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder

Daniel Stashower


A ugly homicide, a shocked urban, and Edgar Allan Poe come to lifestyles with shiny element during this stunning actual tale through award-winning writer Daniel Stashower

On July 28, 1841, the battered physique of a tender lady was once came across floating within the Hudson River. It used to be quickly stumbled on to be the stunning Mary Rogers, a twenty-year-old cigar salesgirl who had long gone lacking 3 days past. by way of dusk, information of the girl’s dying had unfold and despatched ny right into a spasm of horror and outrage.

within the months that undefined, the grotesque info of the homicide driven American journalism into formerly unimagined nation-states of lurid sensationalism. yet regardless of media pressures, big apple City’s unregulated and disjointed police strength proved not able to mount an efficient research, and the crime remained unsolved.

A yr after Mary Rogers was once murdered, as public curiosity within the case started to wane, a suffering author named Edgar Allan Poe determined to tackle the case. on the time of the homicide, thirty-one-year-old Poe had lately released his groundbreaking detective tale "The Murders within the Rue Morgue." A 12 months later, even if, his fortunes had taken a downward flip. determined for fulfillment, Poe despatched his recognized detective, C. Auguste Dupin, at the case of a life-time: to unravel the baffling homicide of Mary Rogers in "The secret of Marie Rogêt."

In The appealing Cigar Girl, Edgar Award-winning writer Daniel Stashower deftly captures the drama and secret of latest York within the mid-nineteenth century, illuminating the spellbinding crime that remodeled a urban.

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