The West End Museum presents a new exhibit that revisits 19th century’s most infamous murder, trial & execution. The 1849 murder of George Parkman in Boston stands as the most sensational case of its time, and the prosecution of John Webster is often described as the O.J. Simpson trial of the 19th century. This case had it all: a grisly murder, a wealthy victim, a respected suspect, a dubious lead witness and unorthodox court proceedings. Nearly 60,000 spectators were ushered through the Boston courtroom in 10-minute intervals. An all-out media blitz ensued, including journalists from Europe. Ultimately, the case spawned books, documentaries and even an iPhone app. To this day—more than 160 years later—Webster’s guilt is debated.
At The West End Museum (150 Staniford St. Suite 7, Boston, MA 02472)
Through December 21st in the Main Exhibit Hall
Reception, Friday, October 4, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Visit thewestendmuseum.org for more information about this and other exhibitions, programs and events. The West End Museum is open Tuesday-Friday, 12-5pm and Saturday, 11am-4pm.