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In 1860, a sloop drifted into New York Harbor. Not a soul on board - just blood from cabin to deck. Looted coins led to Bowery thug Albert Hicks, the ax slayer who turned his shipmates into chum.

His crimes were absolutely fiendish. His execution was pure ballyhoo. It drew nearly ten thousand bloodthirsty sightseers to the city - including the enterprising showman P. T. Barnum. Refreshments were served as the most notorious and unrepentant mass murderer of the era made history as one of America’s first celebrity killers.

The Pirate is part of Bloodlands, a chilling collection of short addictive historical narratives from bestselling true-crime master Harold Schechter. Spanning a century in our nation’s murderous past, Schechter resurrects nearly forgotten tales of madmen and thrill-killers that dominated the most sensational headlines of their day.

©2018 Harold Schechter (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Tyreil Thomas
  • 2019-05-02

Enjoy a interesting look at an American pirate

my only thing to say as my opinion. Narrator is nice to listen too. Narrator could've been a bit more active in producing sounds of characters. As it seem to be hardly to no difference between him reading a paper in front of him, to him reading out a characters dialogue.

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  • Sara
  • 2019-03-07

Interesting

This is an incredible story. It touches into the savagery of man. Leaves you wondering how humans could be so cruel.

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  • Chubbles
  • 2019-02-07

Wonderfully told short story

I truly loved the narrator’s pace and at times excitement. Will definitely purchase books with this narrator.

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  • zoe1157
  • 2019-01-16

A Bit Of Forgotten Lore

I had never heard this story but it was an interesting one. I also enjoyed the opening description of the oyster craze.

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  • Maria-Anne
  • 2018-12-10

Interesting True Story

This story described nicely some of the legal proceedings of that period . Also the ruthlessness of the murderer, the macabre attention of the general population to watch the hanging and the unprincipled reporting of the sensationalist news stories both true and false.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-12-08

short and sweet

A short, informative, well narrated story about Pure Evil. it seems that twisted Psychopaths I've been with us all throughout history.

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  • Brian
  • 2018-11-29

Solid Historical Truecrime

Short but entertaining story about one of the worst people to have ever lived. No brainer recommendation if you have kindle unlimited (free).

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  • Montzalee Wittmann
  • 2018-11-11

Great information!

The Pirate is a history book with great information about this subject but especially on one particular act of piracy and murder. It tracks the rumors, known facts, and the gruesome story to the end! Very interesting!

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  • Kay
  • 2018-11-05

Another great listen

I have borrowed all of the available stories in this series from Amazon Prime. I absolutely love them! They are quick, interesting, and entertaining. I guess it’s kinda like a podcast only better.

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  • Michael Richardson
  • 2018-10-30

short but good

Very interesting the story was good the performance was good. Definitely wouldn't spend a credit on it. But it's definitely worth a listen.