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Early juries had compassion for 2 women who killed

Chivalry wasn’t dead in the early 1900s, and two cases of women who killed and walked away illustrate the point. There were mitigating circumstances, of course, and there was ...

Reader Input: Folks related to Alma Bell murder case sought

On the evening of June 5, 1909, Alma Bell shot Joe Armes through the heart with a .32-caliber revolver. He died almost instantly. The trial that followed was covered by newspapers ...

Auburn Cemetery teeming with little-known stories of the past

AUBURN CA - For cemetery sleuths like Auburn’s Glenda Ragan, a graveyard is teeming with stories of the past. Ragan is part of a loosely woven consortium of researchers who ...

1909 killer’s Auburn ‘home’ a highlight of Heritage Trail tour

Joanie Maxwell goes back to jail this weekend with a smile on her face. Maxwell has donned a rooster-feathered hat and clothing in the style of a circa 1910 Placer County woman fo ...