Saturday, July 03, 2021

'A Horrible Death to Die' - The murder of Jane Lathrop Stanford

"'A Horrible Death to Die.' Behind the origin myth of Stanford University lies a century-old murder. The victim: the school’s chief founder and benefactor." by Julia Flynn Siler, © Alta Online and the Summer 2021 issue of Alta Journal, July 1, 2021. (True Crime History Article)

" ... On February 28, 1905 ... at around 11:15 p.m., she called out for help. ... Jane was clinging to the doorframe, barely able to stand. Within minutes, her body writhed in contortions. Her fists clenched, her jaw tightened ... Jane knew that she had been poisoned—for a second time. 'This is a horrible death to die!' she cried. Shortly before midnight, one of the United States’ leading philanthropists was dead. ... " [More]

Webinar Registration: Author Julia Flynn Siler sits down ... to examine the circumstances and the suspects of this century-old whodunit. ... July 7, 2021 12:30PM in Pacific Time.

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Jane Lathrop Stanford
Jane Lathrop Stanford, detail

Courtesy of the Stanford Univerity Libraries.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Leland Stanford Mansion is a stunning example of the splendor and elegance of the Victorian era in California. ... In 1900 Jane Stanford gave the mansion to the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, with an endowment of $75,000 in railroad bonds, for the 'nurture, care and maintenance of homeless children.' "

8/27/2021 8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also see the article, The Robber Baroness of Northern California: Authorities who investigated Jane Stanford’s mysterious death said the wealthy widow had no enemies. A new book finds that she had many, by Maia Silber, 'New Yorker', May 30, 2022,

and the new book, Who Killed Jane Stanford? by Richard White.

5/30/2022 9:23 PM  

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