newspaper accounts of the Pocasset murder (Edith Burgess Freeman, d. 1879)


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selected newspaper articles about the Pocasset murder


Posted here is a downloadable Word file comprised of transcripts of newspaper articles about the so called Pocasset murder of Edith Burgess Freeman by her father, Charles F. Freeman, on Cape Cod in 1879.

The murder was widely covered nationwide. Selected articles about the case have been transcribed here. It should be noted that many newspapers copied accounts that had been published elsewhere.

My thanks to Stephen Best for copying me on key articles on the Pocasset murder: Indianapolis News, May 6, 1879 and a series of articles that appeared sequentially in the Falmouth (MA) Enterprise on June 8, July 12, July 15, and July 19, 1938. These key articles follow immediately in the attached document. Other articles transcribed by Roger W. Smith are included on following pages; these articles were contemporaneous with the case (with the exception of one retrospective article published in 1885) and are ordered chronologically.


— Roger W. Smith

     August 2016

About Roger W. Smith

Roger W. Smith is a writer and independent scholar based in New York City. His experience includes freelance writing and editing, business writing, book reviewing, and the teaching of writing and literature as an adjunct professor. Mr. Smith's interests include personal essays and opinion pieces; American and world literature; culture, especially books and reading; classical music; current issues that involve social, moral, and philosophical views; and experiences of daily living from a ground level perspective. Besides (1), a personal site, he also hosts websites devoted to (2) the author Theodore Dreiser and (3) to the sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin.
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