[N.p., but perhaps St. Louis? ca. 1912]. 32pp., including photographic portraits. Small octavo. Original red wrappers printed in black. Moderate edge wear, dampstains and soiling to rear wrapper, affecting last blank leaf. Even toning to text. Withal, very good. Item #WRCAM55553
The remarkable tale of James Hanehan, who walked into the offices of the St. Louis POST-DISPATCH in 1912 and confessed to killing two men in 1865, just at the close of the Civil War. At that time, Hanehan claims to have killed Michael Carney and Frank McGuire in Clarksville, Tennessee and that he also later shot George T. Bowes in Kansas City. After his dastardly deeds, Hanehan changed his name to James D. Burton, fled to various places, including Chicago, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Louisville, Oklahoma, Texas, and other locations, where he participated in a series of failed businesses and schemes before finding some success as an auctioneer in Philadelphia and later Louisville. The text is in the form of an extended first-person narrative and confession, and includes an affidavit by Hanehan that it was accurately recorded. In the present work his last name is spelled variously as "Hanahan" on the front wrapper, "Hanehan" on page 2, and "Henahan" on page 3; the middle spelling is the correct one. The pamphlet includes photographic portraits of Hanehan at various ages (including one of his aged self and his granddaughter), his wife, and his daughter. A scarce work in trade, with a smattering of institutional copies.