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Legal History of Murder: Trials

Research guide for the legal history of murder

Celebrated trials have long been of popular interest and in the 19th and early 20th centuries books and pamphlets containing full or partial trial transcripts were widely published.

Historic Trials (Transcripts & Accounts)


Black and white illustration of a man hitting a woman with a cane with text saying The Murderer at His Cruel Work
Public domain image published before 1850.


Newspapers are an excellent source for trials. See the 'News' tab of this guide for more.