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The Trials of Laura Fair - a book by Haber, Carole

The Trials of Laura Fair

Sex, Murder, and Insanity in the Victorian West

The Trials of Laura Fair( )
Author: Haber, Carole
ISBN:978-1-4696-0758-0
Publication Date:Aug 2013
Publisher:University of North Carolina Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $42.00
Book Description:

On November 3, 1870, on a San Francisco ferry, Laura Fair shot a bullet into the heart of her married lover, A. P. Crittenden. Throughout her two murder trials, Fair's lawyers, supported by expert testimony from physicians, claimed that the shooting was the result of temporary insanity caused by a severely painful menstrual cycle. The first jury disregarded such testimony, choosing instead to focus on Fair's disreputable character. In the second trial, however, an effective defense...
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Pages:328
Detailed Subjects: Law / Legal History
True Crime / Murder / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.12 x 9.25 Inches

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