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April 4, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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30 chairs facing the front with an aisle down the center - MA
Whiton Room
66 Leavitt Street
Hingham, MA 02043
Hingham Reference: 781-741-1405 ex. 1404
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Judge Dennis J. Curran presents: "The Disappearance of Dr. Parkman: Blood & Ivy at the Harvard Medical School"

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

The 1849 murder of Dr. George Parkman in Boston stands as one of the most - if not the most - sensational trials of the 19th century. This case has it all: a grisly murder, a dismembered corpse, a wealthy victim, a respected suspect, a questionable lead witness for the prosecution and unusual court proceedings.

Nearly 60,000 spectators were ushered through the Boston courtroom in 10-minute intervals. An all-out media blitz ensued, with journalists traveling from Europe to Boston to cover the trial. Ultimately, the case spawned books, documentaries and even an iPhone app.

Join Judge Curran to examine the lawyers, the judges, the problems with the case and its many oddities.

No registration is required for this program.

Justice Dennis J. Curran (ret.) served as a Massachusetts trial judge for 15 years. He is a graduate of Boston Latin School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. and M.A.) and the University of Virginia School of Law. He has served as a Professor of the Practice at Tufts University, and teaches at Brown University’s summer program. Each June, he volunteers to teach an introductory law course to 350 high school students at Massachusetts Boys’ and Girls’ State held at Stonehill College.

He is a popular and engaging lecturer who was recently featured on a history panel broadcast on C-SPAN 2, and has lectured extensively before historical, civic, educational groups, and fellow judges. He has been regular speaker at the Wellesley-Weston Lifetime Learning program for the past three years.

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