Emma Cunningham (1818–87), a mother of five, was accused of the gruesome murder of her lover, Harvey Burdell, a financially secure New York dentist. Burdell was found strangled and stabbed to death on January 31, 1857, in his four-story boarding house at 31 Bond Street, where Cunningham served as his landlady. The grisly details of the crime and the lurid details of the couple's tumultuous relationship, which were publicly divulged during the subsequent legal battles that included two criminal proceedings and an estate battle, were ...

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