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PH Class-Under the Elms Waltz

Yale Public Humanities on December 06, 2012 02:54

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Under the Elms Waltz / Walter Malley (1882)

Walter Malley was the son of New Haven's richest citizen, prominent businessman Edward Malley. He wrote this waltz while in prison awaiting trial for the murder of Jennie Cramer. A horrifying story involving arsenic, rape, false identity, and corruption.
An excellent summary can be found here:

McConnell, Virginia A. Arsenic Under the Elms: Murder in Victorian New Haven. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1999.
The beautiful victim of Elm city: being a full, fair, and impartial narrative of all that is known of the terrible fate of the trusting and unfortunate ... Blanche Douglass, Walter Malley ? [1881]. New York: M.J. Ivers, 1881.

The song "Found Drifting with the Tide" was also inspired by this tragic case.

Performed by John Muniz, recorded in Stoeckel Hall, Dec. 1, 2012

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