Murder of a Herkimer County Teacher: The Shocking 1914 Case of a Vengeful Student

Murder of a Herkimer County Teacher: The Shocking 1914 Case of a Vengeful Student

by Dennis Webster

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Murder of a Herkimer County Teacher: The Shocking 1914 Case of a Vengeful Student by Dennis Webster


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.

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ISBN-13: 9781467136457
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 03/27/2017
Series: True Crime
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 297,572
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

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 denniswbstr@gmail.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword Susan R. Perkins 9

Author's Note 11

Acknowledgements 13

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

Bibliography 135

Index 139

About the Author 145

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