Doug Mortimer

Chester Gillette, Et Al – Don’t Be These Guys

The story of Chester Gillette and his drowned girlfriend went viral more than 100 years ago.  In 1906 the dominant medium was the newspaper.  Then as now, sex sold.  Sex and murder sold even better, especially when it had undercurrents of class conflict.  Also, the whole sorry incident was embellished by yellow journalism, as fake …

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