From a paper by Anthony Baker titled "“for the murder of his own female slave, a woman named Mira...” : Law, Slavery and Incoherence in Antebellum North Carolina":
Apart from its gripping melodrama and epitragic conclusion, the case of The State of North Carolina v. John Hoover would not appear to commend any appreciable attention from legal historians seeking to trace the potent interface of law and society, on first, quick reading.
What is the meaning of epitragic here? Since "epi" means "upon", could it mean "finally, tragic conclusion" ("tragic-in-the-final-end")?
I came across the word reading this topic on History SE.
Of course I did look for it in a dictionary, and found it not.