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1 BIRCHALL, Reginald BIRCHALL. The Story of His Life, Trial and Imprisonment, as Told By Himself
Toronto National Publishing Company 1890 6th Edition Hardcover VG 
xxxv+70pp. Illus. in text. NEWLY REBOUND in maroon cloth with facsimile of original booklet cover affixed to front cover and gilt titles to spine. Original pink card cover laid-on front pastedown, faded and with some wear to edges. Pages quite clean internally with only odd spot of foxing to fore-edge , pages tightly stitched. Reginald Birchall, Oxford graduate, gambler and rake, heard about a place called Blenheim Swamp whilst on a trip to Canada. The tales said it was almost impenetrable and a man could easily get lost and never be found. Birchall hit upon the idea of advertising for a business partner in a Canadian farm, getting an investment from him then taking him to the swamp to murder him and lose the body. However, he in fact took two 'investors' to Canada - Frederick Benwell and Douglas R. Pelly. When Benwell disappeared, Pelly became suspicious and went to the authorities. The first section covers the Murder of Benwell and the second section is the Autobiography of Birchall. A rare booklet on this horrific premeditated crime. The front cover attached inside has Sixth Edition printed on top corner. 
Price: 125.00 GBP
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