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American Experience Online Presents Murder at Harvard
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Behind the Scenes
Tour the set of Webster's laboratory -- the scene of the crime -- with the film crew.
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Historian Simon Schama describes his approach to the story of Parkman's murder.
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In November 1849, Dr. George Parkman, one of Boston's richest citizens, suddenly disappeared. The police conducted an extensive search of the city and dredged the Charles River. Parkman had last been seen walking towards the Harvard Medical College. 

The Medical School's janitor, Ephraim Littlefield, who had a suspicion where Parkman might be found, spent two grueling nights tunneling beneath a basement laboratory looking for clues. What he discovered horrified Boston and led to one of the most sensational trials in American history.

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Web site highlights: 

• Behind the scenes: Tour the scene of the crime with the film crew, explore the set with a 360 degree panoramic view, and select hotspots to access images and comments from the cast crew.

• Gallery: Examine nineteenth century medical instruments and teaching tools from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, and imagine a time when ether anesthesia was a cutting edge technique.

•  Primary sources: Study testimony from the trial, newspaper accounts of the gruesome evidence, the defendant's confessions, and more. 

• History and fiction: Access an interview with historian and presenter Simon Schama and find out how he was drawn to the Parkman murder.

• Timeline: Examine a brief history of western medical history and revisit major medical milestones such as the invention of the stethoscope and the first anesthetized operation.


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