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Topics in Chronicling America - The Guldensuppe Murder

On a peaceful Sunday berry hunt, two children stumble upon a mysterious, neatly wrapped bundle. Its contents? Half a human torso. After heavy police investigation the other half is found on the opposite side of the city—later identified as the body of William Guldensuppe, the unfortunate victim of a dangerous love triangle between Martin Thorn and Augusta Nack. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.


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Important Dates:

  • June 26-27, 1897. Half a human torso wrapped in cloth is found in the East River in New York City. The other half is found in a wooded area.
  • June 30, 1897. William Guldensuppe, a Turkish bath attendant, is identified as the victim.
  • July 1, 1897. Augusta Nack, a lover of Guldensuppe’s, and her lover Martin Thorn are arrested. Zealous reporters of New York’s “yellow” papers produce many of the preliminary clues in the case.
  • December 1, 1887. Thorn convicted of first degree murder.
  • January 11, 1898. Nack sentenced to 15 years in prison.
  • August 1, 1898. Thorn dies by the electric chair at Sing Sing prison.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Guldensuppe, Thorn, Nack, Sing Sing, murder
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.

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