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March 16, 1957

THE SPRINGFIELD UNION, Massachusetts, March 16, 1957

* Burton Abbott execution
* Rapist and murderer
* San Quentin State Prison


The bottom of the front page has a three column heading: "Reprieve for Kidnap-Killer Reaches Death House Two Minutes Too Late". (see)
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 40 pages, minor spine wear, nice condition.

wikipedia notes: Burton W. Abbott (February 8, 1928 – March 15, 1957) was a University of California at Berkeley accounting student living in Alameda, California, who was tried for the rape and murder of 14-year-old Stephanie Bryan in November 1955. Although the evidence against him was entirely circumstantial, he was convicted and sentenced to death in California's gas chamber. On March 15, 1957 a stay of execution from the governor of California was communicated to the prison just moments too late to halt his execution, which had already begun. The case is often cited as one raising serious questions as to the appropriateness of condemning a person based on circumstantial evidence alone.[

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