Manchester, N.H. . Broadside, 24 x 7 inches. Printed in two columns. Old fold lines, light wear and soiling, some scattered foxing. About very good. Item #1938
Scarce broadside printing the details of the murder of Jonas L. Parker, a tax collector and bowling saloon owner who was stabbed to death on the evening of March 26, 1845. Parker was known to have a large amount of money with him, and the broadside here offers a reward for both the murderer and the recovery of the money. An account is provided of the details leading up to the crime, including Parker's movements just prior. Though several people heard someone cry out, no one bothered to investigate: "The cry was taken for a general alarm of fire, but stopping abruptly, no notice was taken of the matter." Parker's wife, certain that there had been foul play when her husband did not return for the evening, urged police to investigate the next morning. His body was found "in the path but a few rods" in the snow, "face downwards, his throat cut from the back part of his neck round under the chin, so as to almost sever the head from the body!! A razor, bloody, lay beside him...near by was also found a butcher knife, about four inches long...which bore evidence of having been recently sharpened, doubtless for the purpose of the murder." Though his wallet was found with a large sum of money in it, a pocketbook containing the tax money was missing, and his tax book appeared to have been taken out of his pocket, examined, and returned. The top of the sheet is illustrated with a woodcut map showing the location of the murder. We locate a single copy in OCLC, at the University of Michigan.