Winter Lecture Series

The next lecture will be on Sunday, February 28th at 2 pm.

It’s a Mystery!

Five Real Life Murder Cases

This winter, join us (virtually) as Professor Dan Breen dissects  five different murder mysteries. Each Sunday Professor Breen will discuss a different historical case.

The five session series begins on Sunday, February 14th at 2 pm via Zoom.   The lectures continue on Sundays into March.  (February 14th, 21st, 28th, March 7th, 14th) .

Please click the following link to our calendar for the Zoom information to attend the program:  Winter Lecture Series

February 14th—“The Cock Lane Ghost”
Can disembodied spirits give evidence against their murderers?

A purported haunting that attracted mass public attention in 1762 on Cock Lane, a short road adjacent to London’s Smithfield market and a few minutes’ walk from St Paul’s Cathedral. The event centered on three people: William Kent, a usurer from Norfolk, Richard Parsons, a parish clerk, and Parsons’ daughter Elizabeth.


Video link: February 14th Lecture

February 21st—“The Infamous Burke and Hare”
Murder in the cause of Medicine?

A series of 16 killings committed over a period of about ten months in 1828 in Edinburgh, Scotland, undertaken by William Burke and William Hare, who sold the corpses to Robert Knox for dissection at his anatomy lectures.

Video link: February 21st Lecture

February 28th—“The Death of Harvey Burdell”
Homicide and Dentistry in Ante-Bellum New York

On January 31, 1857, a prominent dentist named Harvey Burdell was found brutally murdered — strangled, then stabbed 15 times — in his office and home on Bond Street with suspects who populated the rooms at 31 Bond St.
Dr. Daniel Breen is a professor of Legal Studies at Brandeis University. In the past fifteen years,  Dan has lectured at the Library about World War I, World War II, the Great Depression, the American Revolution, Prohibition, Supreme Court cases, the Civil War, the Roosevelts, great moments in science,  the Space Race and presidential campaigns. Dr. Breen has a BA from the University of Wisconsin,  a JD from the University of Georgia and a PhD in History from Boston College. He has taught at Framingham State University and Newbury College. 

 Thanks to the Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library for sponsoring this program. Free and open to the public.

Author: rcallaghan