Starr Faithfull in New York

Although Starr Faithfull lived for only 25 years, she inspired several authors to write about her. Born January 26, 1906 in Evanston, IL, Starr died in June 1931 after a Long Island boat party.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Starr: Despondent Correspondence

Starr Faithfull's despondent correspondence created a publishing opportunity. [Now we know why relatives burn diaries after a funeral, eh?]

• • Moreover, since book publishers have demonstrated that a dollar is more prized than the truth, it seems pointless to note that Starr was NOT killed. Her death was an accident. For all that, here's proof that a title doesn't have to telegraph ahead that the Morgue, in fact, ruled out mayhem. How long can Starr's short life be milked to death? Amazing . . . .
• • POSTS-MORTEM: The Correspondence of Murder
by Jonathan Goodman
[UK: David and Charles, 1971, hardcover, 164 pages with index, bibliography, and illustrations]
• • Thesis: the role of correspondence in motivating and planning murder. Chapters are devoted to Starr Faithfull along with the "Lonely Hearts Killers," Sacco and Vanzetti - - executed by the State of Massachusetts, not "murdered" - - and also the Red Barn case, Edith Thompson, etc.
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• • Photo: bookcover