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.
• • Photo: bookcover