Short Reads

America’s First Known Sleepwalking Killer

Was the man a victim of circumstance or a clever killer?

Ben Kageyama
4 min readOct 20, 2020


“The Boston Tragedy” (1846), By The National Police Gazette, Wikimedia Commons

They say that “sleep is the cousin of death.” And I suppose as relatives; they have reunions from time to time.

The first-ever case of that union, at least according to American legal history, was in “The Boston Tragedy” of 1846…