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Relive the heart-wrenching story of one of the most famous crimes in New York's history; the murder of Grace Brown by Chester Gillette at Big Moose Lake. Made famous by a media frenzy fueled by the sensational newspaper reporting of 1906, this "crime of the century" seeped into the American culture. The story of Chester and Grace was the inspiration for Theodore Dreiser'sRelive the heart-wrenching story of one of the most famous crimes in New York's history; the murder of Grace Brown by Chester Gillette at Big Moose Lake. Made famous by a media frenzy fueled by the sensational newspaper reporting of 1906, this "crime of the century" seeped into the American culture. The story of Chester and Grace was the inspiration for Theodore Dreiser's novel An American Tragedy and the Hollywood movie A Place in the Sun. Brownell and Enos deliver a fascinating day-by-day account of the events leading to the death of Grace Brown, the media hyped, sensational trial of Chester Gillette, and the cultural immortalization of an Adirondack Tragedy. Adirondack Tragedy features 32 black and white photos, 16 maps and drawings, and the never before published reproduction of the original "last letter" of Grace Brown to Chester Gillette from the archives of the Hamilton College Library. Three chapters are devoted to Drieser's novel, the Hollywood versions of the story, and a comparison with the facts of the case....

Title : Adirondack Tragedy: The Gillette Murder Case of 1906
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ISBN : 9780971306912
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 205 Pages
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Adirondack Tragedy: The Gillette Murder Case of 1906 Reviews

  • Michele
    2019-02-24 06:34

    I loved An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser. It was my favorite book in high school (still have the copy I had then...makes it darn near an antique). That book was based on this murder case. I've enjoyed this book, but it seems like a very general overview...a glorified summary. There's no "in depth", not even speculation (since it happened so long ago and no one is left to remember). I did like the fact / fiction comparison. I would recommend it to someone who was curious about the events.

  • Patrick
    2019-03-08 06:31

    It's classic. An average girl (Grace Brown) from a worn out farm in central New York State goes to work in a factory in Cortland, NY to make extra money and begin a life of her own. She's smart and pretty. Along comes a guy (Chester Gillette) with a reputation with the girls (not a good reputation) and begins to woo her. His main purpose (allegedly) was to seduce the young woman. He succeeds to bed her and she gets pregnant. They go away on a vacation (she's hoping a surprise marriage will happen). They check into a remote hotel in the Adirondacks. They go out in a row boat. The boat drifts along shore, later, empty. No woman, and no Chester Gillette. It's a classic plot line for a Victorian novel, right? Of course it is, except that this a true story. The rest of the tale comes out in the murder trial (after Gillette is arrested at a nearby hotel). The prosecution claimed it was murder. That Chester threw her overboard and hit her with an oar. The defense claimed that she fell in and couldn't swim. The trial was held in Herkimer, NY. and the result made sensational headlines across the country. Theodore Dreiser wrote the novel "An American Tragedy" about the case. It was made into a major Hollywood film.It seems the story would end within the walls of the Auburn Prison, but as the author of this volume states..."We'll never know" if Chester really did the deed.I recommend the book for anyone interested in turn-of-the-century true crime and New York State history.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-11 03:37

    This outstanding true-crime history is the basis of both "An American Tragedy" by Theodore Dreiser, and the excellent film "A Place in the Sun" starring Miss Elizabeth Taylor as one of the most radiant visions ever to grace a movie screen. Anyway, the story takes place in Upstate New York. Loosely related to the Gillettes (the rich razor-blade Gillettes), a social-climbing young man shacks up with the wrong girl and inconveniently knocks her up. She presses the issue, and, having another, richer girlfriend on the hook, what's a guy to do? Gee, sounds almost like Woody Allen's "Match Point". Anyway, nothing good comes of it, I'll tell you.

  • Anne
    2019-03-19 03:39

    The true story behind "An American Tragedy" and "A Place in the Sun." The humanity of the two main players - Grace Brown and Chester Gillette - is palpable. Such a sad, sad tale that is reenacted in some way every day.

  • Ethan
    2019-03-14 01:41

    The book "Adirondack Tragedy" by Joseph W. Brownell is a true story of a terrible tragedy. The book contains many letter that Chester Gillette and Grace Brown shared before her death. It also gives a great view of life in the early 1900s in upstate New York. The book also follows the story from start to end which is great because it does not leave you hanging. Overall this book was very insitful and i liked it alot.

  • Cortney
    2019-03-07 05:37

    It started out intriguing but then just got too detailed. I realize it's a historical account, but I just couldn't luster the will to dive into that much focus on family trees of people I will never meet. I found Grace just sad. Can't decide if it was in fact a murder or really a suicide. The overall story line didn't hold my interest. It just fell flat for me. Will always love the Adironacks though!

  • Evangelia Amirhom
    2019-03-14 07:50

    I've asked a medium on this case and she told me that grace was murdered by having her face in water.she also said that Chester murdered her because she wanted to leave him and if he couldn't have her ,no one could.

  • Becky
    2019-03-09 04:29

    Very good with the facts but kind of dry. I just expected a murder mystery to be a bit more juicy.