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Harry Thaw... Stanford White murder...
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February 1, 1908
THE GLOBE, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, February 1, 1908
* 1st successful use of insanity plea in court
* Harry Thaw - Stanford White murder trial
The top of the front page has a one column heading: "THAW ACQUITTED ON GROUND OF INSANITY" with subheads. (see)
Other news of the day. Complete in 12 pages, evenly toned, a little margin wear with a few small tears, should be handled with care.
wikipedia notes: There were two trials. At the first, the jury was deadlocked: at the second, pleading insanity, Evelyn testified. Thaw's mother told Evelyn that if she would testify that Stanford White abused her and that Harry only tried to protect her, she'd receive a divorce from Harry Thaw and one million dollars in compensation. She did just that, and performed in court wonderfully: he was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Evelyn got the divorce, but not the money. Thaw testified that he had had a "brainstorm", meaning a moment of temporary insanity.  Thaw was incarcerated at the Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Fishkill, New York, enjoying nearly complete freedom. In 1913 he walked out of the asylum and was driven over the border to Sherbrooke, Quebec. He was extradited back to the United States, where he had become something of a folk hero. In 1915 another jury found him sane.
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