On a warm afternoon a week before Thanksgiving, 1849, Dr. George
Parkman, one of the richest men in Boston, went missing. A massive
manhunt uncovered pieces of a body in and under the Harvard Medical
College. Professor John Webster was arrested for the murder. What
followed was the most famous trial and conviction of the 19th Century.
Evidence of the story still remains in Boston’s old Beacon Hill
neighborhood. Use your iPhone to follow geocoded videos that reveal the
evidence, characters, and feeling of a time when mystery stories,
detective work, and a century of progress were just starting. Developed
in partnership with the producers of the PBS film “Murder at Harvard”
and Simon Schama’s book “Dead Certainties,” this original production is
a first-of-its-kind location-based adaptation of a major documentary
film. The work is supported by the National Endowment for the
Humanities and the Center for Independent Documentary.