By Bruce Chadwick
George Wythe clung to the mahogany banister as he inched down the staircase of his cozy Richmond, Virginia, domestic. Doubled over in soreness, he stumbled to the kitchen looking for aid. There he chanced on his maid, Lydia Broadnax, and his younger protegé, Michael Brown, who have been additionally writhing in misery. Hours later, while aid arrived, Wythe used to be speedy to inform someone who could pay attention, "I am murdered." Over the following weeks, as Wythe suffered an extended and painful demise, insults will be extra to his mortal injury.
I Am Murdered tells the unusual actual tale of Wythe's demise and the following trial of his grandnephew and namesake, George Wythe Sweeney, for the crime—unquestionably the main sensational and talked-about courtroom case of the period. Hinging on hit-and-miss forensics, the unreliability of scientific autopsies, the superiority of poisoning, race family members, slavery, and the legislations, Sweeney's trial serves as a window into early nineteenth-century the US. Its specific concentration is on Richmond, half dependent country capital and half chaotic boomtown riddled with vice, opportunism, and crime.
As Wythe lay loss of life, his medical professionals insisted that he had now not been poisoned, and Sweeney had the nerve to beg him for bail funds. In i'm Murdered, this signer of the assertion of Independence, mentor to Thomas Jefferson, and "Father of yank Jurisprudence" ultimately will get the justice he deserved.
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