(Reefer Madness Era)
COLLEGE GIRL MURDERS BEST FRIEND
COLLEGE GIRL MURDERS BEST FRIEND
NAME: Virginia Hope Morgan - DATE: Dec 1936 - Location: Lancing, Mi
What the Narc’s were claiming
WHAT THE NEWSPAPERS WERE SAYING:
Lansing State Journal
[S]- LansingStateJournal-1936-12-09p1- New Step in Probe of Killing; Captain Visited Fiancee's Slayer"
[S]- LansingStateJournal1936-12-09p9- "Impulse Slayer"
[S]- LansingStateJournal1936-12-10p- "Holding Funeral For Slain girl"
[S]- LansingStateJournal1936-12-10p1- "Holding rites Today for Girl Friend Killed"
[S]- LansingStateJournal-1936-12-11p1- "Girl Slayer's Insanity Plea Raises Doubts"
[S]- LansingStateJournal-1936-12-11p- "Plea of Insanity Is Raising Doubt"
[S]- LansingStateJournal-1936-12-12p1- "Slayer Reads in Cell as Victim is Buried" "Hope Morgan, Impulse Slayer Speculates on Sanity Report"
[S]- LansingStateJournal-1936-12-13p- "Hope Morgan Faces First Sunday Behind Jail Bars"
[S]- LansingStateJournal-1936-12-14p1- "Find Weapon Hidden in Cell of Girl Slayer"
[S]- LansingStateJournal-1936-12-14p- "Hidden Weapon found in Hope Morgan's Cell"
[S]- LansingStateJournal-1936-12-15p1 - "Hope Morgan Leaves Solution of Crime Jealousy of Chum, As She Hangs Self in Cell"
[S]- LansingStateJournal-1936-12-15p - "Murder Motive Bared by Girl in Scribbled Magazine Notes"
BALLSTON SPA, NY
[S]- BallstonWeeklyJournal1936-12-15p1-"Hope Morgan Shot Her Friend Now a Suicide"
[S]- CaledoniaAdvertiser1936-12-30p8- "Takes Life After Slaying"
[S]- CourierExpress1936-12-09p1- "Girl Soon to be Married is Shot By Friend"
[S]- CourierExpress1936-12-16p2- "Girl Who slew Best Friend is Suicide in cell"
[S]- CourierExpress1936-12-16p16- "Hope Morgan commits Suicide"
[S]- IronwoodDailyGlobe1936-12-09p1- "Bride-Elect Slain By College Chum"
[S]- IronwoodDailyGlobe1936-12-09p8- "Can't Explain Desire to Kill"
[S]- IronwoodDailyGlobe1936-12-10p17- "Girl Killed by chum is Buried"
[S]- IronwoodDailyGlobe1936-12-11p1- "Held in slaying"
[S]- IronwoodDailyGlobe1936-12-12p2 - short mention
[S]- IronwoodDailyGlobe1936-12-15p8 - "Girl Who Slew Friend, Suicide"
[S]- EscanabaDailyPress1936-12-11p1- "Disagree Upon Sanity of Girl"
[S]- EscanabaDailyPress1936-12-13p1- "Girl Killer Remains in Jail at Mason"
SAULT STE. MARIE, MI
[S]- EveingNews1936-12-16p1- "Hope Morgan Learned too Late She was Loved"
[S]- EveningNews1936-12-09p1- "East Lansing Girl Slays Sorority Sister as They Mail Wedding Invitations"
[S]- EveningNews1936-12-11p11- pictures, short
[S]- EveningNews1936-12-11p12- "Cast Doubt on hope's Story of Killing of Her Sorority sister"
[S]- EveningNews1936-12-12p8- picture short
[S]- EveningNews1936-12-14p1- "Find Long and Sharp Nail File In Hope's Bunk"
[S]- EveningNews1936-12-15p1- "Whim Slayer Hangs Self"
[S]- EveningNews1936-12-18p3- "Lover Weeps At Cremation"
AND PROBABLY A WHOLE LOT MORE!
Although not technically one of Harry Anslinger’s Gore File cases, still it was made mention of by some the heavy weights of the Reefer Madness campaign, such as Earle Rowell and the Rev. Robert Devine. Thus prompting us to take a closer look at it. And if worst comes to worse, it does make for fun reading anyway. Just look at they would have us believe:
HOWEVER, note that Stuart was 19 year of age at the time of his death. Also, while the various writers attribute the actions of Hope Morgan to the use of Marihuana, it should be noted that NO mention of Marihuana was made anywhere in any of the newspaper articles. Also, Anslinger himself (for good or for bad), made no mention of the case in his Gore file.
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