Beyond 'The Annals of Murder': The Life and Works of Thomas M. McDade
Forthcoming, Law Library Journal (2019)
51 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2017 Last revised: 31 Oct 2018
Date Written: October 31, 2018
Thomas M. McDade is best known (if not well-known enough) for his seminal 1961 reference bibliography, The Annals of Murder: A Bibliography of Books and Pamphlets on American Murders from Colonial Times to 1900. Beyond that singular text on early American murder trial accounts, though, lies more than 70 additional publications on American legal history, law enforcement, and literature, gathered together for the first time in an annotated bibliography of McDade’s lesser-known writings. The article also examines McDade’s fascinating life and varied career as an early FBI agent, World War II veteran, corporate executive, and true crime chronicler.
Keywords: Thomas M. McDade, legal biography, legal history, murder, homicide, trials, law enforcement
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