Description of a terrible murder that was committed in Insterburg in June 1823, which through a peculiar way was discovered thanks to a finch. 

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Description of a terrible murder that was committed in Insterburg in June 1823, which through a peculiar way was discovered thanks to a finch. 

Description

Schaudervolle Mordthat welche im Monat June 1823, in Insterburg verübt und auf eine sonderbare Weise durch einen Finken entdeckt worden ist. Title from caption.

Source

Michigan State University Library Special Collections XX folioHV6535.G3S33 1824

Publisher

s.n.

Date

1824

Format

Fraktur. [4] p.; 22 cm.

Language

German

Coverage

Altenburg

Abstract

Anna Maria Baurin, an 18 year-old orphan, is found beaten to death in her bed at the home where she worked as a domestic. The autopsy determined she had been struck on the back of the head with a blunt instrument. A little boy found a hammer tucked into a stone wall when he climbed it in order to recapture his pet finch that had alighted in a hole in the wall. The boy brought his finch home and also the hammer. The father remembered hearing that the girl had been murdered with a blunt instrument so he set about finding out to whom the hammer belonged. It belonged to a young soldier who was romantically interested in the girl She had rejected him and further said she would report him to his regiment if he continue to pursue her. When he was given a punishment because of misconduct, he assumed it was because Baurin had reported him. His love turned to rage so he killed her. When shown the hammer, the soldier began to tremble uncontrollably and made a full confession. He received the death penalty for his crime.

Date Created

1824

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Reference

Description of a terrible murder that was committed in Insterburg in June 1823, which through a peculiar way was discovered thanks to a finch. , s.n., 1824

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“Description of a terrible murder that was committed in Insterburg in June 1823, which through a peculiar way was discovered thanks to a finch.  ,” "Poor Sinners' Pamphlets", accessed November 17, 2019, http://courses.cal.msu.edu/al340ss16/psp/items/show/184.

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