SYMHC Classics: Albert J. Tirrell, the First Sleepwalking Killer


"The Boston Tragedy," the murder of Maria Bickford, 1846; Tirrell was acquitted because of "sleepwalking." National Police Gazette, 1846.  Public domain
"The Boston Tragedy," the murder of Maria Bickford, 1846; Tirrell was acquitted because of "sleepwalking." National Police Gazette, 1846. Public domain

We're revisiting the murder of Mary Ann Bickford on Oct. 27, 1845. Her paramour Albert J. Tirrell was eventually charged with murder. Tirrell hired Rufus Choate to defend him, and Choate claimed his client had episodes of somnambulism.

If you'd like to visit the original episode, you can find it here: http://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/albert-j-tirrell-the-first-sleepwalking-killer.htm

And the show notes from when the episode originally published are here: http://www.missedinhistory.com/blogs/missed-in-history-the-sleepwalking-defense.htm

Topics in this Podcast: SYMHC Classics