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Site of 1887 Murder - Hannah Mary Tabbs Story


Site of 1887 Murder - Hannah Mary Tabbs Story

A disembodied torso was found on Feb. 17, 1887, in the Eddington Section of Bensalem, PA. It is the subject of a book, Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso, by Kali Nicole Gross. It appears that Tabbs, an African American woman, may have killed her much younger lover, Wakefield Ganes (African American as well?), and blamed the weak-minded 18 year old, George Wilson (light-skinned, interracial), and there was a possible forced confession from Wilson at the hands of the police, and racial bias. The information in this post is from an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/17/16, at pp. C1, 2, by Samantha Melamed, concerning the book. The murder scene was at 16th Street and what is now Addison Street.


Location: 16th & Addison (today) , 16th St. and Addison St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19146, United States
Listing Category: African American History, Crimes & Criminals (real and alleged), Deaths, Died Here, Intersections, Corners, Literature, Solemn Cyber Plaques
Virtual / Real: Virtual
Created Date: 06-24-2018

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