By Bruce Chadwick
George Wythe clung to the mahogany banister as he inched down the staircase of his cozy Richmond, Virginia, domestic. Doubled over in anguish, he stumbled to the kitchen looking for support. There he chanced on his maid, Lydia Broadnax, and his younger protegé, Michael Brown, who have been additionally writhing in misery. Hours later, whilst support arrived, Wythe was once quickly to inform a person who might hear, "I am murdered." Over the subsequent weeks, as Wythe suffered a protracted and painful loss of life, insults will be further to his mortal injury.
I Am Murdered tells the unusual precise tale of Wythe's demise and the next trial of his grandnephew and namesake, George Wythe Sweeney, for the crime—unquestionably the main sensational and talked-about court docket case of the period. Hinging on hit-and-miss forensics, the unreliability of clinical autopsies, the superiority of poisoning, race family members, slavery, and the legislations, Sweeney's trial serves as a window into early nineteenth-century the United States. Its specific concentration is on Richmond, half stylish kingdom capital and half chaotic boomtown riddled with vice, opportunism, and crime.
As Wythe lay death, his medical professionals insisted that he had now not been poisoned, and Sweeney had the nerve to beg him for bail funds. In i'm Murdered, this signer of the statement of Independence, mentor to Thomas Jefferson, and "Father of yank Jurisprudence" eventually will get the justice he deserved.
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I Am Murdered: George Wythe, Thomas Jefferson, and the Killing That Shocked a New Nation by Bruce Chadwick