Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery

Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery

Paul Collins


Duel with the satan is acclaimed historian Paul Collins’ outstanding precise account of a gorgeous turn-of-the-19th century homicide and the trial that ensued – a showdown during which iconic political competitors Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr joined forces to ensure justice was once performed. nonetheless our nation’s longest operating “cold case,” the secret of Elma Sands eventually involves an in depth with this ebook, which promises the 1st gigantic holiday within the case in over 2 hundred years.
within the final days of 1799, the USA was once nonetheless a tender republic. Waging a fierce conflict for its doubtful destiny have been political events: the well-moneyed Federalists, led by way of Alexander Hamilton, and the populist Republicans, led via Aaron Burr. the 2 best legal professionals in manhattan, Burr and Hamilton have been sour competitors either out and in of the court, and because the subsequent election approached—with long island prone to be the swing district on which the presidency might hinge—their animosity reached a crescendo. primary to their dispute was once the big apple water offer, which Burr observed not only as a chance to assist a urban devastated by means of epidemics yet as an opportunity to heal his battered finances.

But every little thing replaced while Elma Sands, a stunning younger Quaker girl, was once came upon lifeless in Burr's newly built long island good. The terrible crime quick gripped the state, and sooner than lengthy accusations settled on one in all Elma’s suitors, good-looking younger wood worker Levi Weeks. because the enraged urban demanded a noose be draped round the accused murderer’s neck, the single query appeared to be even if Levi might make it to trial or be lynched first.

The younger man’s basically desire was once to rent a felony dream workforce. And therefore it was once that New York’s such a lot sour political opponents and maximum legal professionals did the unthinkable—they teamed up.

At as soon as an soaking up felony mystery and an expertly crafted portrait of the us during the Founding Fathers, Duel with the satan is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction.

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