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The 1933 Lamson case at Stanford: A murder?

Published Sunday March 12

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Mercury News file photo David Lamson was accused of murdering his wife, Allene. He was flanked by his attorneys, E.M. Rea and Leo Friedman before his 3rd trial.

For anyone familiar with Santa Clara County history, 1933 was a watershed year. It was the year a mob lynched 2 men in Petersburg James Park. It was the year that a desperate ex-con killed a San Jose cop downtown. And it was the year that David Lamson was tried on charges of murdering his wife on the Stanford campus.

I disagree with that person on abundant fundamental points. But the book is worth reading for its recreation of a hotly disputed drama that consumed the press of the day.

Article length: About 850 words.
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