The rope : a true story of murder, heroism, and the dawn of the NAACP / Alex Tresniowski.

Tresniowski, Alex, author.
New York, NY : 37 INK, Simon & Schuster, 2021.
xii, 322 pages ; 24 cm
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True story of murder, heroism, and the dawn of the NAACP
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Murder -- New Jersey -- Asbury Park -- History -- 20th century.
Murder -- Investigation -- New Jersey -- Asbury Park -- History -- 20th century.
Heroes -- New Jersey -- Asbury Park -- History -- 20th century.
Murder -- Investigation.
New Jersey -- Asbury Park.
"From New York Times bestselling author Alex Tresniowski comes a page-turning, remarkable true-crime thriller recounting the 1910 murder of ten-year-old Marie Smith, the dawn of modern criminal detection and the launch of the NAACP. In the tranquil seaside town of Asbury Park, New Jersey, ten-year-old schoolgirl Marie Smith is brutally murdered. Small town officials, unable to find the culprit, call upon the young manager of a New York detective agency for help. It is the detective's first murder case, and now, the specifics of the investigation and daring sting operation that caught the killer is captured in all its rich detail for the first time. Occurring exactly halfway between the end of the Civil War in 1865 and the formal beginning of the Civil Rights Movement in 1954, the brutal murder and its highly-covered investigation sits at the historic intersection of sweeping national forces--religious extremism, class struggle, the infancy of criminal forensics, and America's Jim Crow racial violence. History and true crime collide in this sensational murder mystery featuring characters as complex and colorful as those found in the best psychological thrillers--the unconventional truth-seeking detective Ray Schindler; the sinister pedophile Frank Heidemann; the ambitious Asbury Park Sheriff Clarence Hetrick; the mysterious "sting artist," Carl Neumeister; the indomitable crusader Ida Wells; and the victim, Marie Smith, who represented all the innocent and vulnerable children living in turn-of-the-century America. Gripping and powerful, The Rope is an important piece of history that gives a voice to the voiceless and resurrects a long-forgotten true crime story that speaks to the very divisions tearing at the nation's fabric today"-- Provided by publisher.
Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 Black Diamond
ch. 2 The Flower
ch. 3 A New Eden
ch. 4 Blood Under A Black Skin
ch. 5 The Wanamassa
ch. 6 Burn Scars
ch. 7 191/2 Atkins Avenue
ch. 8 Came The Men
ch. 9 The Cry Of Humanity
ch. 10 Gather My Race In My Arms
ch. 11 A Negro's Crime
ch. 12 The Secret Plan
ch. 13 A Guilty Mind
ch. 14 Grace Foster
ch. 15 My Besetting Sin
ch. 16 Turn Our Face To The West
ch. 17 A Balance Of Goodness And Evil
ch. 18 The Greenhouse
ch. 19 What Kind Of Fellow He Was
ch. 20 Afraid Of What They Might Find
ch. 21 The Agonies Of The Damned
ch. 22 Nobody Seen Me Do It
ch. 23 The Watchtower
ch. 24 Two Coffins
ch. 25 The Hellhound
ch. 26 The Hands Of Parties Unknown
ch. 27 Frog James
ch. 28 The Rope
ch. 29 Immoral Thoughts And Expressions
ch. 30 Angels Could Do No More
ch. 31 Rope And Coal Oil
ch. 32 The Premonition
ch. 33 Once To Every Man And Nation
ch. 34 Still He Lay In Jail
ch. 35 What Was Her Name?
ch. 36 On The Square
ch. 37 "It Won't Bring Her Back"
ch. 38 The Fortress
ch. 39 The Lord Has Willed It So.
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