On Monday, July 13, 2015, I’ll be speaking on the Manhattan Well Murder trial, in which Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr successfully defended Levi Weeks from the charge of murdering his alleged lover, Elma Sands. The case is interesting for several reasons: the ongoing mystery surrounding the murder itself, the rare courtroom collaboration between Hamilton and Burr, and the insight it provides into the criminal justice system in New York in 1800. The murder and trial are the subject of two recent historical fiction novels: City of Liars and Thieves by Eve Karlin, and Duel with the Devil by Paul Collins.
The talk will be at 12-1:30 pm at Federal Hall on Monday July 13, 2015 and admission is free.
Federal Hall (where the trial of Levi Weeks as held in 1800) is located at 26 Wall Street. The talk is free, and is part of the series of Celebrate Hamilton events put on by the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society.
Look forward to seeing you there!
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