National Affairs: Death For Nothing?

During the last week of May 1933, the West Coast was thrilled by the strange death of pretty, young Allene Lamson. Wife of David A. Lamson, respected and popular sales manager of the Stanford University Press, her naked body was discovered in the blood-spattered bathroom of their small home on the University campus at Palo Alto. Lamson was held for murder.

In September 1933, David Lamson's first trial was concluded at San Jose. The State of California contended that Lamson's motives for killing his wife were his affection for a Sacramento divorcee and his...

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