Jul. 14, 2017

Four famous cases of trials that seemed like a slam dunk at the time, a la OJ Simson…

The Escaped the Hangman by Francis X Busch

 

In any country’s courts of law, there are many cases that are called “the trial of the century.” These often involve famous persons and unusual circumstances. In many cases, the evidence seems to be so conclusive that the verdict is considered obvious. But as these cases prove, what seems to be conclusive evidence might be twisted by the wealth or status of the accused, or produce results other than the desired sentence.

In the case of Caleb Powers, accused of the murder of Governor William Goebel, it was a huge political fiasco. Goebel was a Democrat and his election to the office of Governor was met with fierce opposition by the Republicans. With the results of the election a tossup, the Republicans wished to make certain that they would win by having Goebel shot…

In the case of Albert Patrick, accused of the murder of William Rice was plain and simple about money. After millionaire Rice was killed, Patrick began forging checks and produced a forged will that would have left the bulk of Rice’s fortune in Patrick’s favor…

In the Hall/Mills murders, Frances Hall and her two brothers were accused of killing her husband Reverend Edward Hall and his paramour, Mrs. Eleanor Mills. The two went missing at about 7:30 pm and were discovered dead the next morning beneath a crab apple tree on a nearby farm. The circumstances of Mrs. Miles murder would seem to firmly point the finger at Frances Hall, with the help of her brothers. This was perhaps the first “Million Dollar Defense…”

The case of Hans Haupt was not about murder, but about treason and the sheltering of a traitor to the United States. Haupt’s son Herbert was one of eight German Saboteurs captured by the FBI, largely due to the fact that Herbert Haupt turned on his comrades. Hans and his wife had housed Herbert and bought him a car. The argument was that because this couple, who were naturalized USA citizens, had aided treason by helping their son…

The guilt or innocence of all parties involved is unknown. The bottom line is the finding of the Court in each case. While the author obviously believes they should have been hanged, and make his case for each trial in well-written prose, history has probably written the final thoughts in these four cases.

I give the book four stars!

Quoth the Raven…

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