Death of a Policeman Birth of a Baby: A Crime and Its Aftermath

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Xlibris Corporation, 2012 - True Crime - 230 pages
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On 17 July 1932, on a highway near Fort Mill, SC, Rural Policeman Elliott Harris was attempting to arrest Beatrice Snipes' husband Clyde for reckless driving. Mrs. Snipes intervened, snatching Harris' pistol from its holster and fatally shooting him. After her trial in December, she became the first woman in South Carolina sentenced to die by electrocution. Beatrice, however, was pregnant at the time of the crime and was in her eighth month when she was sentenced to be executed on a date about three months after giving birth.

This sentence generated a firestorm of negative reaction, and the Governor of South Carolina in January commuted the sentence to life imprisonment. Beatrice's daughter Jean was born soon thereafter and spent the first seven months of life with her mother in prison. Jean then was removed from her mother's custody. A secret adoption was arranged, and neither Beatrice nor Clyde was told by whom Jean had been adopted. This book tells the story of Beatrice's crime and its aftermath, including the impact on Jean's life.

 

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Contents

Setting and Overview
13
Chapter 1
17
Chapter 2
26
Chapter 3
32
Chapter 4
36
Chapter 5
41
Chapter 6
52
Chapter 7
63
Chapter 10
111
Chapter 11
126
Chapter 12
128
Chapter 13
138
Chapter 14
146
Epilogue
181
Postcript
189
Acknowledgments
193

Chapter 8
75
Chapter 9
84
Part 2
107
Overview
109
Sources
197
Notes
205
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About the author (2012)

T. Felder Dorn retired as Dean Emeritus from Kean University in Union, New Jersey, where he held positions as professor of chemistry, dean, and vice president. He is the author of The Tompkins School: 1925--1953, A Community Institution, The Guns of Meeting Street: A Southern Tragedy, and Death of a Policeman; Birth of a Baby: A Crime and Its Aftermath.

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