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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.

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