New York’s most prominent attorneys, Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, were hired to defend Levi Weeks in an 1800 trial, the first recorded murder trial in the United States.
Weeks was accused of murdering Gulielma “Elma” Sands, a young woman whom he had been courting. Elma disappeared on the evening of December 22, 1799. Some of her possessions were found two days later near the recently created Manhattan Well in Lispenard Meadows, located in today’s SoHo near the intersection of Greene and Spring Streets. Her body was recovered from the well on January 2, 1800. The scene of the alleged crime can still be visited, located at 129 Spring Street, New York, NY. Head to the COS Store in Soho and make your way to the basement… watch your step.