Was Simon Schama Fair to the Facts of the John White Webster Case?

Taken from the Bemis edition of the trial transcripts, 1850, showing the remains found in Webster's privy. Image Source: ŠSimon Schama, Dead Certainties, 1991, pp. 211.

Jaw bone and dental work found in the furnace at the Harvard Medical School alledged to be from Dr. George Parkman's body. Click on image for the reconstruction of the skeleton as presented in court. Note the resemblance to the caricature of Dr. Parkman. Image Sources: ŠSimon Schama, Dead Certainties, pp. 217, 221, 90.


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