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The Fall of the House of Walworth by Geoffrey O'Brien
The Fall of the House of Walworth tells the true story of the Walworth family and the sensational 1873 murder trial that captivated New York. Reuben Hyde Walworth was chancellor of New York before they abolished the position, and he worked hard to ingratiate himself with the wealthy and political crowd. His son, Mansfield, was a writer who wrote bad novels. When Reuben remarried after the death of his first wife, his new wife brought a daughter, Ellen, with her. Mansfield and Ellen married, and Mansfield was cruel and abusive to her. Ellen moved to Kentucky with their children, and Mansfield was disinherited upon his father's death. Mansfield wrote Ellen daily letters, full of requests for money and insane ramblings. His son, Frank, protected his mother by intercepting the letters, and then went to New York and shot his father. Geoffrey O'Brien's book has received positive reviews with the New York Times saying, "A century from now, if editors still exist, they'll be getting pitches for books that promise to reassemble the lives of O. J. Simpson or Bernard Madoff - long-forgotten characters whose discovery has excited some hopeful writer. That aspirant author would be well advised to turn to The Fall of the House of Walworth - a first-rate book about a second-degree murder - for lessons in how to do it."