The Maungatapu Mountain Murders, 1924 158pp
When Mark Twain was in Nelson, Thirty years ago, and it was my pleasure to interview that world-famous author, he was engrossed, strangely enough, in the tragic story of the Maungatapu Murders, which is here reprinted. In his hand, he held the book. The great humourist was mentally absorbed in the greatest crime in New Zealand History. He gave in his opinion that the trial of the Maunagtapu Murderers was the most remarkable which had been held in the Southern Hemisphere. by Alfred A. Grace.
The Maungatapu murders were the events surrounding the murders of five people on the Maungatapu track in two separate attacks, near Nelson, New Zealand which occurred on 12 and 13 June 1866. Four people were charged with the murders, three were hanged, and one was pardoned after giving information about the murders and information which allowed the other members of the group to be convicted. The group of four have been named the Burgess Gang after the leader Richard Burgess. The gang was composed of Richard Burgess, Joseph Thomas Sullivan, Philip Levy, and Thomas Kelly (birth name Thomas Noon). The victims were James Battle, George Dudley, John Kempthorne, James de Pontius, and Felix Mathieu.
this is a new reprint of the 1924 edition