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1 MANN, William B OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE TRIAL OF ANTON PROBST, for the Murder of Christopher Dearing, at Philadelphia, April 25, 1866 as Well as His Two Confessions, One Made May 6th to His Spiritual Adviser, the Other on May 7th to His Counsel
Philadelphia T.B. Peterson 1866 First Edition Hardcover VG 
120pp. REBOUND in half calf with marbled boards with new endpapers. Original endpapers carry a previous owner's inscription and one is somewhat water-stained with the title page rather dusty. A certain amount of scattered foxing throughout but all text is still legible. In his confessions Anton Probst acknowledged that he had killed an entire family of eight persons and described the manner in which he had carried out the crimes. Also included is a history of his previous life and an account of his last hours and execution. Christopher Dearing had given Probst work on his farm in Philadelphia in 1865, but his behaviour led to his being dismissed a few weeks later and he went to a charity hospital claiming ill health. Whilst there he made plans to get even with the Dearings. In March 1866 he begged to be taken back into their employ and he was soon back on the farm, being friendly whilst planning his terrible revenge. On 7th April he began killing everyone on the premises and lining the bodies up in the barn. He robbed the house, fed the animals and walked away. Arrested by a policeman whilst drinking in a bar, it took just twenty minutes for the jury to find him guilty. 
Price: 75.00 GBP
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