The Hall Mills Murder Case Essay

1946 Words Apr 2nd, 2016 8 Pages
The Roaring Twenties was a time of new beginnings. From extravagant parties, prohibition, and the introduction of jazz music, life in America was divine. However, an event that occurred in the 1920’s that is widely forgotten is the Hall-Mills murder case. In September of 1922, the bodies of Edward Hall and Eleanor Mills were discovered with gunshot wounds in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Both Edward and Eleanor were married to others, but the two were said to have close relations. Upon discovering the bodies, the police were bewildered. The bodies were lying side by side, with love letters scattered around them. The Hall-Mills murder case has yet to be solved. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was published in 1925. In The Great Gatsby, Myrtle Wilson was having an affair with Tom Buchanan. Later in the novel, Myrtle is murdered. Many scholars have connected the Hall-Mills murder case to The Great Gatsby, saying that many parts of the novel were based on the murder. The Hall-Mills murder case of 1922 positively influenced Fitzgerald’s writing of The Great Gatsby. To begin, both the Hall-Mills murder case and The Great Gatsby involve people engaging in affairs. In small town New Brunswick, New Jersey, lived Edward Hall and Eleanor Mills. Edward Hall was the minister of St. John the Evangelist church, and was noted as “a well-regarded figure in the community” (Geary 10). He was married to Frances Stevens Hall, a woman of seven years his elder. Frances was a wealthy woman,…

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