The King of Crimes

By David L. Robbins

Directed by Michael Duni


A play produced by the John Marshall Foundation about the 1807 Aaron Burr treason trial in John Marshall’s court, now available on DVD and coming soon to a streaming platform.


The Aaron Burr treason trial in John Marshall’s court is one of America’s most important chapters. Just three years after the deadly Hamilton duel, President Thomas Jefferson had Aaron Burr charged with treason for plotting to carve out a kingdom for himself from parts of Louisiana and Mexico. The ensuing “trial of the century” in 1807 Richmond, VA, captivated a young nation. Accusations of treason. Claims of presidential privilege. The rule of law. Some things endure.

What happened to Aaron Burr? Was he found guilty of treason? Watch The King of Crimes to find out.


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The King of Crimes cinematic stageplay is made possible through generous support from the Virginia S. Reynolds Foundation, the Virginia Film Office, The Universal Leaf Foundation, South State Bank, Cynthia A. Marshall and the late Watson M. Marshall, and Chase Gottwald.

The King of Crimes play was made possible through generous support from E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Herndon Foundation, Virginia H. Spratley Charitable Fund II, Caroline Smith Parkinson, J. Kenneth Timmons Irrevocable Trust, the late Hon. Watson “Bubba” Marshall and his wife, Cynthia A. Marshall, and South State Bank. The play was presented free of charge to 1200 Richmond Public Schools students and to five sold-out audiences at the Libby S. Gottald Playhouse in Richmond, VA. The script is available for production purchase or partnership.