Murder of a Herkimer County Teacher: The Shocking 1914 Case of a Vengeful Student

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In 1914, Poland, New York, was a picturesque slice of small-town America. But that innocence was shattered with the shocking murder of beloved schoolteacher Lida Beecher at the hands of her former student Jean Gianini. At twenty-one years old, Lida wasn't much older than her students. The son of a successful furniture dealer, Jean had all the advantages in life, but he had been labeled as different by all who encountered him. The shocking murder brought the world's best alienists to the packed Herkimer County Courthouse to try to prove that the teenager's mental development precluded his guilt. Author Dennis Webster utilizes unprecedented access to court documents to reveal details of the sensational crime never before made known to the public.
ISBN: 9781467136457
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New York
Series: True Crime
Images: 49
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Dennis Webster lives and works in the Mohawk Valley of central New York. He has a bachelor of science degree from Utica College and a master's of business administration (MBA) from SUNY Polytechnic. He's a paranormal investigator with the Ghost Seekers of Central New York, a speaker and a philosopher and is curious about the events of our world. His previous works include Wicked Mohawk Valley, Wicked Adirondacks, Haunted Utica, Haunted Mohawk Valley and Haunted Old Forge. He's the editor and contributor to the bestselling Adirondack Mysteries series. He can be reached at
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