March 7, 2017

Bag of Bones: The Sensational Grave Robbery of the Merchant by J. North Conway

By J. North Conway

From the popular chronicler of law-and-order in Gilded Age ny urban, the sensational grave theft of A. T. Stewart, “The service provider Prince of Manhattan,” one of many wealthiest males in American history

Review

Praise for J. North Conway’s

The mammoth Policeman: the increase and Fall of Thomas Byrnes, America’s First, such a lot Ruthless,

and maximum Detective

“Creating interval surroundings by means of quoting widely from newspaper money owed of the sensational crimes Byrnes solved, Conway portrays his subject’s cleverness and excesses with a flawed-hero style that are meant to attract true-crime fans.”

Booklist

“An crucial learn for these drawn to police paintings, detective tales, and ny urban history.”

Library Journal

“A interesting, fast-moving account of 1 of the main polarizing and influential figures of 19th-century manhattan.  Conway brings ‘the gigantic policeman’ to life.”

—Daniel Stashower, writer of The appealing Cigar woman: Mary Rogers, Edgar

Allan Poe, and the discovery of homicide

“A treasure trove of data not just on larger-than-life pioneering detective Thomas Byrnes but additionally on law-and-order in wide-open nineteenth-century Manhattan.”

—David Pietrusza, author of Rothstein: The existence, occasions, and homicide of the

Criminal Genius Who mounted the 1919 global Series

Praise for J. North Conway’s

King of Heists: The Sensational financial institution theft of 1878 That stunned America

“Engrossing . . . Conway skillfully paints a backdrop of fierce and flamboyant personalities who paraded around the Gilded Age, from Brooklyn Bridge engineer John Roebling to Marm Mandelbaum, ‘queen of the criminals.’ . . . [H]e capably recounts his tale opposed to a history of glitter and greed.”

Publishers Weekly

“A page-turning account of 1 of the main brazen crimes of our time.”

Reader’s Digest

“Conway, a faculty prof and ex-newspaper guy, covers this old story in a fashion that makes it consider like a sizzling information story.” 

New York Post

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In 1878, years after the loss of life of tycoon A. T. Stewart, his physique used to be stolen from St. Mark’s Churchyard. The ghoulish crime, the bumbling chase for the culprits, the years-long ransom negotiations, and the death of the Stewart retail empire fed a media frenzy. while his widow finally exchanged $20,000 for a burlap bag of bones on a rustic street, no longer all people was once confident that “The service provider Prince of ny” used to be fairly home.

A. T. Stewart were a pioneer of the dep. shop enterprise, a guy who rose from the flood of Irish immigration to a spot along names like Astor, Vanderbilt, and Rockefeller. taken care of because the black sheep of recent York’s prosperous Gilded Age society, the Stewarts relied seriously on their good friend and confidante, the conniving pass judgement on Henry Hilton, for entrée into elite social circles. As writer J. North Conway information the futile strategies utilized by police to spot the grave robbers, he additionally unveils the villainy of pass judgement on Hilton, who not just interfered within the case time and again but in addition dismantled a once-great company empire piece through piece . . . the entire whereas profiting relatively well. through the top of this attention-grabbing slice of heritage, one is left to ask yourself who displayed the larger evil: the grave robbers or Judge
Henry Hilton.

Completing J. North Conway’s extensively acclaimed trilogy of Gilded Age long island urban Crime—following King of Heists and The mammoth PolicemanBag of Bones combines the era’s affluence, decadence, and corruption with a grotesque deed healthy for the tabloids of today.

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While several suspects are apprehended and then released, new clues in the case are uncovered and followed but only lead to a series of dead-ends. Hilton receives hundreds of letters from unnamed sources claiming to be in possession of the body and demanding ransom payment for its return. 7. THE SEARCH CONTINUES In which the motive for the theft continues to elude the police while clues suggest it is the handiwork of professional grave robbers, most notably George Christian, a notorious “resurrectionist” who steals bodies for medical research.

The Stewarts had two children, John and May. John was born in 1834 and died as an infant. May died at birth in 1838. The Stewarts had no other children and no heirs to the growing family fortune. The retail business of A. T. Stewart expanded, making the establishment of a wholesale arm mandatory. While many retail concerns set their course by establishing specialty markets, Stewart gambled on providing a wide assortment of wholesale and retail products. He sold everything from his store, especially as it related to women’s fashion and household needs.

Jacob Clinch was a partner in the ship chandler firm of Jones and Clinch. The Stewarts had two children, John and May. John was born in 1834 and died as an infant. May died at birth in 1838. The Stewarts had no other children and no heirs to the growing family fortune. The retail business of A. T. Stewart expanded, making the establishment of a wholesale arm mandatory. While many retail concerns set their course by establishing specialty markets, Stewart gambled on providing a wide assortment of wholesale and retail products.

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