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In 1914, Poland, New York, was a picturesque slice of small-town America. But that innocence was shattered with the shocking murder of beloved schoolteacher Lida Beecher at the hands of her former student Jean Gianini. At twenty-one years old, Lida wasn't much older than her students. The son of a successful furniture dealer, Jean had all the advantages in life, but he had been labeled as different by all who encountered him. The shocking murder brought the world's best alienists to the packed Herkimer County Courthouse to try to prove that the teenager's mental development precluded his guilt. Author Dennis Webster utilizes unprecedented access to court documents to reveal details of the sensational crime never before made known to the public.
About the Author
Dennis Webster lives and works in the Mohawk Valley of central New York. He has a bachelor of science degree from Utica College and a master's of business administration (MBA) from SUNY Polytechnic. He's a paranormal investigator with the Ghost Seekers of Central New York, a speaker and a philosopher and is curious about the events of our world. His previous works include Wicked Mohawk Valley, Wicked Adirondacks, Haunted Utica, Haunted Mohawk Valley and Haunted Old Forge. He's the editor and contributor to the bestselling Adirondack Mysteries series. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Table of Contents
Foreword Susan R. Perkins 9
Author's Note 11
1 The Village of Poland, Town of Russia and Herkimer County 15
2 The Crime 19
3 Major Players in the Murder and Trial 27
4 Stenographer's Transcript of the Trial 47
5 The Jury 99
6 Chester Gillette Connection 105
7 Jean Gianini Goes to Matteawan 109
8 The Criminal Imbecile 113
9 The Binet Scale 119
10 A Modern Look 123
11 The Poem 125
12 Forgiveness 129
About the Author 145