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NCJ Number: 154034 Find in a Library
Title: Death of Old Man Rice: A True Story of Criminal Justice in America
Author(s): M L Friedland
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 444
Sponsoring Agency: University of Toronto Press
Buffalo, NY 14203
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8020-2941-8
Sale Source: University of Toronto Press
33 East Tupper Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This book places the murder trial of Albert Patrick, a young lawyer accused of murdering William Marsh Rice, founder of Rice University, in his New York Apartment in 1900, in its political, economic, and social context.
Abstract: The case captured the essence of the society in which it occurred, namely wealth and ambition, as Rice was apparently chloroformed after his will had been forged to give Patrick his huge estate. The author recounts the trial and the events leading up to it, the various appeals, and the eventual outcome. Some of the issues raised in this historical account include the influence of the popular press, the purchase of expert witnesses, the problems of multiple appeals, the inadequacy of penal institutions, the issue of the death penalty, and the advantages of wealth.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Courts; History of criminal justice; Homicide investigations
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