The year 2018 will herald the 200th anniversary of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. The timing seems right for the story of a real monster. German-born immigrant Anton Probst arrived in New York in 1863. Within two hours of his arrival he enlisted in the Union Army. During the American Civil War, Probst bore witness to mankind's brutality. Afterwards, he became an inmate at the disreputable Blockley Almshouse in Philadelphia.
Frankenstein was first conceived by Shelley in 1816. Her monster was an embodiment of abandonment and loneliness, feelings Shelley shared. In despair, the creature resorted to violence. Fifty years after Frankenstein's conception, Anton Probst adopted characteristics of Shelley's monstrous creation. He became Philadelphia's first mass-murderer when he slaughtered members of the Christopher Dearing family.
After his death, Probst's story continued. The creature that he had become left a deep impression on the people of Philadelphia and New York. Researchers used Anton Probst's body to show the effects of galvanization, the same means by which Frankenstein's monster stirred to life. Incredibly, similarities surface between Shelley and her circle, her monster, and events that transpired when the blood of innocents was shed an ocean away. One defining difference is present. Unlike Shelley's creature, the story of America's monster is very real.
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Table of Contents
I: I Was Benevolent
II: Beloved Cottagers
III: The Dissecting Room and the Slaughterhouse
IV: The Vices of Mankind
V: April 7
VI: The Cottagers did not Appear
VII: Agony and Terror
VIII: Are You French?
IX: Barred Windows
X: Horrible Pilgrimage
XI: Mother's Tender Caresses
XII: I am Solitary and Abhorred
XIII: The Trial Began
XIV: I Knew the Destroyer of My Family
XV: My Crimes are Consummated
XVII: Learn From Me
XVIII: On My Lips
XIX: Threshold of Real Knowledge
XX: Men of Genius
XXI: Perished on the Scaffold
XXII: Infusing Life into an Inanimate Body
XXIII: Bound Close by the Ties of Mutual Misfortune
XXIV: Mine Has Been a Tale of Horrors