New York: M. J. Ivers & Co. . Single leaf handbill, approx. 6 x 4.5 inches. Cheap paper toned but supple; one lower corner torn away but not touching text; in good condition. Item #17870
An ephemeral publisher or distributor promotional piece for a sensationalist true-crime scandal account, published as a 64-page pamphlet by M. J. Ivers & Co. in 1881: The wealthy Malley brothers of New Haven, Conn. with the assistance of the prostitute girlfriend of brother Walter Malley attempted to persuade the cigar-maker’s daughter Jennie Cramer to give in to the advances of the other brother Jimmy; Jennie’s body later washed up on shore, raped and poisoned with arsenic. The ensuing trial in 1882 was a sensation and per the New England Historical Society account of the scandal, “A small book was published about the case, and the Malleys tried to buy up every copy to shore up their image. There was little doubt among the public that the wealthy Jimmy Malley was guilty, but the jury found otherwise.”.