The Love Triangle, Murder and Missing Head that Sparked a Tabloid War

Friday, November 25, 2011


In the summer of 1897, the story of a dismembered body and a sordid love triangle wasn't likely to dominate the papers. But William Randolph Hearst saw the story as an opportunity for his newly launched New York Evening Journal to beat out its major competition, Joseph Pulitzer's New York World: a tabloid war ensued.  In an interview that originally aired in July of 2011, Bob spoke with Paul Collins, author of The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars. Collins says that in their quest to cover the story, the papers employed tactics reminiscent of today's News of the World phone hacking scandal.

Comments [3]

Adriann from NY

No harm no foul, Paul. Your comment is applicable to this story too :(

Nov. 29 2011 12:09 PM
paul from pamama city beach, fl

Scratch my last comment. It was meant for another peice.

Nov. 27 2011 08:43 AM
paul from panama city beach, fl

Is there any particular reason you rehashed this rehash of a story? No offense intended but outside of the beauty queen/sex scandle/tabloid war aspect, the first time you played it it struck me as fairly boring and irrelevant. It didn't seem to improve.

Nov. 27 2011 08:10 AM

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