On this day, April 1, in 1800, America's original legal dream team, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, won an acquittal in the infamous Manhattan Well Murder Mystery.
Before the men fired shots in America's most famous duel, Hamilton and Burr partnered to defend Levi Weeks, a young carpenter accused of killing his bride-to-be, Gulielma Sands.
Sands disappeared on the night she and Weeks were to secretly wed. She was found at the bottom of a well, and one witness claimed to have seen Weeks taking measurements of the well before Sands vanished.
For his trial, Weeks hired Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers, and Burr, a future vice president.
The jury took five minutes to acquit Weeks.
Five years later, sitting Vice President Burr shot and killed Hamilton at a dueling ground in New Jersey, across the Hudson River from New York City.
- Scott McCabe