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The Murder of Helen Jewett In 1836 the murder of a young prostitute made headlines in New York and around the country The story was laced with details of sex death and sensationalism everything that captures the publics interest The Murder of Helen Jewett written by Patricia Cline Cohen discusses Cohens uncovering of the information that allows her to reconstruct the whole story Beginning as a servant in Maine over the years Helen Jewett assumed four different identities Being a prostitute in a large city like New York required Helen to do something extra to attract a clientele As a result she would make up stories about her life that captivated men as well as wrote sultry letters to her clients However she eventually met a man Richard Robinson who would hold the key to her heart and possibly to her death Robinson was one of many young men who flocked to New York in his case from Connecticut to fill the many positions of clerk Robinson was described as being arrogant and intense Helen Jewett and him became lovers in a ten-month affair that ended with Robinson being arrested for Jewetts murder In the end Robinson was acquitted to the excitement and joy of fellow clerks and other spectators Since there was never a conviction for murder the case continued to captivate the public for years Robinson eventually disappeared from New York making his way to Texas In Texas under a new name Robinson started a new life In the book Patricia Cline Cohen using meticulous research traces his life there and takes into account the remaining mystery of the murder This book is appealing to todays audience because it deals with attributes such as sex betrayal and intrigue that are timeless and that any generation can relate too
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