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Lisa

Well, I'll definitely read this book when it comes out. Admittedly, Littlefield has always struck me as a rather odd fish, (and, as I recall, Webster initially tried to accuse him of Parkman's murder.) However, speaking as a True Crime Contrarian's Contrarian, getting me to accept the notion that Webster may have been guiltless will need...one really persuasive tome.

And this is coming from someone who thinks Constance Kent, Florence Bravo, and Richard Hauptmann were innocent.

Fiz

I don't know too much about the Parkman case, but I do remember the janitor was over keen to help. Lisa, I'm with you re Constance, Florence and Richard!

Glen Carlson

I just released an account of the Webster-Parkman case: The Unfortunate Dr. Webster. I have done a considerable amount of research on the subject. Webster was innocent, and Littlefield was the culprit who set up Webster. The book is based on fact, but I've taken liberties, writing it as a true crime novel.
The book can be ordered from http://www.FarNorthPublishing.com

Fiz

I've just read the new book,"The Ghosts of Hopewell" and I am sorry to say it, but I found the author's arguments plus his access to FBI files very convincing and three extremely convincing facts that I never knew before. :-(

Fiz

So now I'm reading another, and I've swung back the other way! Is there any book about the Lindberg case that preents "just the facts"? I've only ever read the " Hauptmann was innocent" brigade and there are so many pieces of evidence that prove that he could not have been at the house - or even known that the Lindbergs would have been at that house that night. I'd like to know a lot more about the whereabouts of Isidore Fisch and his friends and contacts. Any ideas?

Laura

I've been reading true crime for a long time, and thought I knew the Webster case well... I'm now realizing there are a great many students of this crime, and a surprising percentage seem to think he was framed. It will be interesting to gauge the response to this book when it comes out.

Laura

Hmm... I've not studied Bruno Hauptmann as much as some. I have trouble mustering sympathy or doubt considering he was caught with the goods.... but I try to be open-minded. After I get 100 votes on my Lizzie Borden poll, I'll throw up another on Hauptmann and ask for book suggestions.
Laura

Fiz

He may have been caught with the ransom, but much was missing and he said that Fisch let it with him, wrapped up, when he went back to germany and then died of TB...

Grampa Joe

I'd like to see us start a legal reversal of the decision and declare John White Webster innocent. I'm convinced he didn't do it because of the letter written by John Weeks to a New Orleans newspaper saying that he, Weeks, committed the crime. Also, Littlefield had means, motive and opportunity to murder Parkman. Littlefield probably was a body snatcher and friend of John Weeks and paid Weeks to murder Parkman. The "confession" that Webster made was written by Rev. Parker and not by Webster.
There was collusion between the Parkman family, the governor and attorney general of Mass. The Parkman family put undue pressure on Marshall Tukey to find the murderer, and Webster was the goat. Webster maintained his innocence throughout his trial.

Interesting.

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