True Crime Philadelphia 2022 Events
Meet authors Jim Murphy and Kathryn Canavan for conversation and two-minute readings from
their new books about Philadelphia at A Novel Idea, the independent bookstore of East Passyunk.
Did you know East Passyunk was once dubbed “arsenic alley” because so many murderers lived
Learn about the murder ring that operated 440 feet from the bookstore’s front door in the 1930s.
Discover why Chicago serial killer H.H. Holmes died at 1400 East Passyunk Avenue.
Meet the Lanzetta brothers of 633 Christian Street, real-life models for the murderous D’Alessio
brothers on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.
And find out: Who was Philadelphia’s first nude model. (The name will surprise you.) What is
the second-most-photographed statue in the city? Where is the oldest quarantine station in the
Come to A Novel Idea for an hour with Jim Murphy, author of Real Philly History, Real Fast
and Kathryn Canavan, author of True Crime Philadelphia: From America’s First Bank Robbery
to the Real-Life Killers Who Inspired Boardwalk Empire.
Register and join our conversation at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, at the
Novel Idea, 1726 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia. Suggested donation to A Novel Idea, an
independent bookstore. Registration information will be available closer to the event date.
Lincoln’s Final Hours 2022 Events
Sunday, July 24 at 2 p.m. for Lincoln’s Final Hours talk with archival photos or 1 p.m. for a house tour followed by the 2 p.m. talk
Sunday, October 2 at 2 p.m. for The Forgotten Women of the Lincoln Assassination talk with archival photos or 1 p.m. for a house tour followed by the 2 p.m. talk
Visit the boyhood home of John Wilkes Booth for a presentation about the people who were front and center at Ford’s Theatre on assassination night — the comic who considered John Wilkes Booth his best friend, the young doctor who struggled to save the president, the senator’s daughter who vowed to marry Booth even at the foot of the scaffold. The talk will be illustrated with archival photos from Lincoln’s Final Hours and from private collections. Admission to the talk and a 1 p.m. tour of Tudor Hall is $5 cash for those 13 and older. The fee supports the Junius B. Booth Society, a volunteer group that aids in the restoration and preservation of Tudor Hall, the home of Junius Booth and Edwin Booth, two of America’s most renowned 19th Century Shakespearean actors. The historic Gothic Revival cottage was built by carpenters from historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.
For more information: Call 443 619 0008 or go to http://spiritsoftudorhall.blogspot.com