The Udderzook Mystery! Containing a Detailed and Accurate Account of the Life of the Murderer, His Trial and Sentence…
A variant issue from McDade 1013.¹ Sensational account of the 1872 murder in Baltimore of Winfield S. Goss by his bother-in-law, William Udderzook. Or was it near West Chester, Pennsylvania that the murder took place?
Per McDade’s Annals of Murder, the convoluted tale of the heinous crime possibly involved a medical school cadaver to cover an alleged murder in Baltimore, the discovery in West Chester of a different body beaten to death—later determined to be Goss, and a conspiracy to defraud the insurance company.
With the motivation of financial gain from a fraudulent insurance claim, Udderzook was quickly apprehended, tried for murder, and hanged. “Had things been slightly different than they actually were, the case might have raised that theoretical problem of double jeopardy with which murder fanciers love to conjecture.” (see McDade 1012)
Description: The Udderzook Mystery! Containing a Detailed and Accurate Account of the Life of the Murderer, His Trial and Sentence…
Philadelphia: Published by Barclay & Co., (1873). [title-leaf], –112pp. 8vo. Original illustrated wrappers. Illustrations. Chipping to front wrap; portion remnant of rear illus. wrapper laid down upon modern, laminated sheet, else good.
1. McDade 1013, noting a different cover title—in part: “Life and execution of Udderzook,” than seen here: “The Murderer’s Life, Trial and Conviction.”