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Author White, Richard, 1947- author.

Title Who killed Jane Stanford? : a gilded age tale of murder, deceit, spirits and the birth of a university / Richard White.

Publication Info. New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2022]


Location Call No. Status
 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  364.1523 WHITE    DUE 02-18-23
 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - New Materials  364.1523 WHITE    DUE 02-22-23
 Bloomfield, Prosser Library - Adult Department  364.1523 WHI    Check Shelf
 Colchester, Cragin Memorial Library - New Materials  364.1523 WHITE, RICHARD    Check Shelf
 Glastonbury, Welles-Turner Memorial Library - Adult Department  364.1523 WHITE    DUE 02-18-23
 Mansfield, Main Library - Adult Nonfiction  364.1523 WHITE    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  364.1523 WHITE    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  364.1523 WHITE    Check Shelf
 Wethersfield Public Library - New Books  NEW 364.1523 WHITE    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description xviii, 362 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-349) and index.
Summary "A premier historian penetrates the fog of corruption and cover-up still surrounding the murder of a Stanford University founder to establish who did it, how, and why. In 1885 Jane and Leland Stanford cofounded a university to honor their recently deceased young son. After her husband's death in 1893, Jane Stanford, a devoted spiritualist who expected the university to inculcate her values, steered Stanford into eccentricity and public controversy for more than a decade. In 1905 she was murdered in Hawaii, a victim, according to the Honolulu coroner's jury, of strychnine poisoning. With her vast fortune the university's lifeline, the Stanford president and his allies quickly sought to foreclose challenges to her bequests by constructing a story of death by natural causes. The cover-up gained traction in the murky labyrinths of power, wealth, and corruption of Gilded Age San Francisco. The murderer walked. Deftly sifting the scattered evidence and conflicting stories of suspects and witnesses, Richard White gives us the first full account of Jane Stanford's murder and its cover-up. Against a backdrop of the city's machine politics, rogue policing, tong wars, and heated newspaper rivalries, White's search for the murderer draws us into Jane Stanford's imperious household and the academic enmities of the university. Although Stanford officials claimed that no one could have wanted to murder Jane, we meet several people who had the motives and the opportunity to do so. One of these, we discover, also had the means."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Stanford, Jane Lathrop, 1828-1905.
Murder -- Hawaii -- Case studies.
Stanford University -- History.
Conspiracy -- Hawaii.
Stanford, Jane Lathrop, 1828-1905. (OCoLC)fst00017928
Conspiracy. (OCoLC)fst00875719
Murder. (OCoLC)fst01029781
Hawaii. (OCoLC)fst01208724
Genre/Form Case studies. (OCoLC)fst01423765
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
True crime stories. (OCoLC)fst01919985
Case studies.
True crime stories.
ISBN 9781324004332 (cloth)
1324004339 (cloth)
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