The Museum Collection

A Confession of the Awful and Bloody Transactions in the Life of Charles Wallace, the Fiend-like Murderer of Miss Mary Rogers

ID #: 575
Date: 1851
Format: Pamphlet
Collection: Poe Foundation, Inc.
Place of Publication: New Orleans
Publish Date: 1851


This 1851 hoax pamphlet claims to record the confession of the murderer of Mary C. Rogers. The unsolved 1841 murder of Mary Rogers inspired Poe's short story "The Mystery of Marie Roget," which Poe claimed provides the solution to case. That this pamphlet was printed ten years after the murder (and nine years after Poe's story based on it) proves the fascination the public during Poe's time had with the case. Soon after the publication of the pamphlet, it was exposed as a hoax.