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Lecture & Book Signing — California’s Lamson Murder Mystery: The Depression Era Case that Divided Santa Clara County

February 22, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

lamson murder mystery by tom zaniello

Lecture and book signing with author Tom Zaniello

On Memorial Day 1933, Stanford executive David Lamson found his wife, Allene, dead in their Palo Alto home. The only suspect, he became the face of California’s most sensational murder trial of the century. After a judge sentenced him to hang at San Quentin, a team of Stanford colleagues stepped in to form the Lamson Defense Committee. The group included poets Yvor Winters and Janet Lewis, as well as the Sherlock Holmes of Berkeley, criminologist E.O. Heinrich. They managed to overturn the verdict and incite a series of heated retrials that gripped and divided the community. Was Lamson the victim of aggressive prosecutors, or was he a master of deception whose connections helped him get away with murder? Author and Stanford alum Tom Zaniello meticulously examines the details of a notorious case with a lingering legacy.

HSJ Members – Free
Public – $5 at the door
RSVP to 408.918.1049

Parking: For more information, check San Jose Downtown Parking.


February 22, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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History San José


Thomas Fallon House, Lower Level
175 W. Saint John Street
San Jose, CA 95110 United States
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