MARIA MARTEN or The Murder in the Red Barn.; Full Account of the Trial, Confession and Execution of William Corder. True Crime, Maria - Victim. Corder Marten, William - Defendant, 1801 - 1827, 1803 - 1828.

MARIA MARTEN or The Murder in the Red Barn.; Full Account of the Trial, Confession and Execution of William Corder.

Manchester: Published by The Daisy Bank Printing & Publishing Co., Wellington Street, Gorton, (n. d.). Ca 1914 [pre-WWI]. 32 pp. 8-5/8" x 5-5/8". Dull red paper covers, printed in dark blue, stapled. Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. General wear, soiling & age darkening to covers. Age-toning to paper, which is becoming brittle. Withal, a VG copy. Item #48688

"The Red Barn Murder was a notorious murder committed in Polstead, Suffolk, England in 1827. A young woman, Maria Marten, was shot dead by her lover William Corder. The two had arranged to meet at the Red Barn, a local landmark, before eloping to Ipswich. Maria was never seen alive again and Corder fled the scene. He sent letters to Marten's family claiming that she was in good health, but her body was later discovered buried in the barn after her stepmother spoke of having dreamed about the murder.

Corder was tracked down in London, where he had married and started a new life. He was brought back to Suffolk and found guilty of murder in a well-publicised trial. He was hanged at Bury St Edmunds in 1828 and a huge crowd witnessed the execution. The story provoked numerous newspaper articles, songs and plays. The village where the crime had taken place became a tourist attraction and the barn was stripped by souvenir hunters. The plays and ballads remained popular throughout the next century and continue to be performed today." [Wiki]

Rare published account of this lurid murder case, with OCLC showing just one institutional holding: Stanford.

Price: $250.00