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In a message dated 3/1/2009 3:43:42 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
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The  problem may be the lack of a spoken title announcement. Someone might 
have a  copy of "The Burning of (Henry) Smith" without associating that name 
with  it.  So it may be useful to state that it depicts a man screaming  and
begging for his life.


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   yes, a distinct possibility - no formal announcement (as  also lacking 
with 'The Mad Ravings of John McCullough,' starting  with "They say I'm mad..."). 
The 'Phonoscope' mentions that a  phonograph Exhibitor was run out of town 
(in Colorado) for even deigning to  play the hanging/burning record in public, 
far away from its original  location in TX. If one hears the name of "Vance" 
(the victim) in the  "monologue", that would certainly be an additional clue. 
'The Confession of  Harry Hayward' has however turned up, as Tim Brooks can 
attest... and that was  only a murder for hire. Likewise, 'The Confession of H. H. 
Holmes,' an early  serial killer (27 direct victims, but punishment for only 
one), began  anonymously with "During the past few months...".
 
Allen
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