Six Capsules

The Gilded Age Murder of Helen Potts (True Crime History)
Narrated by: Tim Lundeen
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
3.1 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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The permanent solution to a wife’s chronic headache.

As Ted Bundy was to the 20th century, so Carlyle Harris was to the 19th. Harris was a charismatic, handsome, young medical student with an insatiable appetite for sex. His trail of debauched women ended with Helen Potts, a beautiful young woman of wealth and privilege who was determined to keep herself pure for marriage. Unable to conquer her by other means, Harris talked her into a secret marriage under assumed names, and when threatened with exposure, he poisoned her.

The resulting trial garnered national headlines and launched the careers of two of New York’s most famous prosecutors, Francis L. Wellman and William Travers Jerome. It also spurred vigorous debate about Harris’s guilt or innocence, the value of circumstantial evidence, the worth of expert testimony, and the advisability of the death penalty. Six Capsules traces Harris’s crime and his sub­sequent trial and it highlights what has been overlooked - the decisive role that the second-class status of women in Victorian Era culture played in this tragedy.

The Harris case is all but forgotten today, but Six Capsules seeks to recover this important milestone in American legal history.

The book is published by The Kent State University Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks.

©2019 The Kent State University Press (P)2019 Redwood Audiobooks

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  • 06-24-20

Zzzz

Don’t be fooled by the gripping description, this is a book that could’ve easily been completed in two hours. The author goes over the same details again and again and again and again and again. You know the outcome within 20 minutes and the rest is just dreary nonsense. The only facts it actually shows is the difference between social and legal rights today compared to the 1890s. If you think this is going to be a fascinating listen (or read) think again. I only persisted because I paid for it and was hoping it would improve. The best part of the book is the narrator’s voice.