Winter Lecture Series
Published February 1st, 2021
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
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
Fifteen Lost Years in Aylesbury Prison
Murder enters the Age of Mass Communication
|2006||World War I|
|2007||The Great Depression|
|2008||World War 2 Part 1|
|2009||World War 2 Part 2|
|2010||The Civil War Part 1|
|2011||The Civil War Part 2|
|2013||Landmark Supreme Court Decisions|
|2014||Modern Chinese History|
|2015||Great Moments in Science: A Tale of Six Countries|
|2016||The Roosevelts: An Intimate History|
|2017||Little Known Presidential Elections in American History|
|2018||Getting to the Moon: American Space Exploration 1945-1969|
|2019||The Hundred Years War: A Century of Native American Resistance 1790-1890|
|2020||History of the U.S. in Six Songs|
|2021||Famous Real Life Murder Mysteries|
Thanks to the Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library for sponsoring this program. Free and open to the public.