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Bag of Bones: The Sensational Grave Robbery of the Merchant Prince of Manhattan [Repost]

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Bag of Bones: The Sensational Grave Robbery of the Merchant Prince of Manhattan [Repost]

J. North Conway - Bag of Bones: The Sensational Grave Robbery of the Merchant Prince of Manhattan
Published: 2012-05-01 | ISBN: 0762778121, 0762787821 | EPUB + MOBI | 304 pages | 9 MB


In 1878, two years after his death, the body of A.T. Stewart—one of the wealthiest men in America—was stolen from St. Mark’s Churchyard. The ghoulish crime, the bumbling chase for the culprits, the years-long ransom negotiations, and the demise of the Stewart retail empire fed a media frenzy for the ages. When the widowed Cornelia Stewart eventually exchanged $20,000 for a burlap bag of bones on a country road in Westchester County, not everyone was convinced that “The Merchant Prince of Manhattan” was really home.
ButBag of Bonesis more than a grave robbery story. A.T. Stewart, a pioneer of the department store business, rose from the flood of Irish immigration to being mentioned alongside the names of the Astors, Vanderbilts, and Rockefellers. Treated as the black sheep of Gilded Age New York’s affluent society, the Stewarts relied heavily on their friend and confidante, the handsome and conniving Judge Henry Hilton, for entrée into elite social circles. In the end, perhaps they gave Hilton—executer of the Stewart estate, and then manager of all Stewart businesses—too much control. As author J. North Conway leads readers through all the futile tactics used by police to identify the grave robbers, he also unveils the villainy of Judge Henry Hilton, who not only interfered in the case repeatedly, but also dismantled a once-great business empire piece by piece . . . all the while profiting quite nicely. By the end of this fascinating slice of history, one is left to wonder who displayed the greater evil: the grave robbers, or Judge Henry Hilton.