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The trials of Laura Fair : sex, murder, and insanity in the Victorian West

Author: Carole Haber
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Trials, litigation, etc
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Haber, Carole, 1951-
Trials of Laura Fair.
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2013
(DLC) 2013002880
(OCoLC)827724317
Named Person: Laura D Fair; Alexander Parker Crittenden; Alexander Parker Crittenden; Laura D Fair
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Carole Haber
ISBN: 9781469612539 1469612534
OCLC Number: 848895543
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 310 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction : Laura D. Fair and the unwritten law --
The she-devil known as Mrs. Laura D. Fair --
The case for the prosecution --
The defense responds --
The Appeal --
The Second Trial --
The Fair Lunatic --
Epilogue: The Many Faces of Laura D. Fair.
Responsibility: Carole Haber.

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