Title: Bennett Bridge Game Murder Trial, Myrtle Bennett, James A. Reed, and J. Francis O'Sullivan

Description: Following the verdict of not guilty, Myrtle Bennet talks with her attorneys. Mrs. Bennett shot and killed her husband John G. Bennett on September 29, 1929, in a quarrel over a bridge game.

Photo appeared in the "Kansas City Journal-Post," Thursday, March 6, 1931.

Date: March 5, 1931

Photographer: George Cauthen

Notes: Caption for this photo in the Journal-Post, March 6, 1931 reads: "Here it is, Jim--the picture you forbade George Cauthen, Journal-Post photographer, to publish under penalty of knocking his head off. The photograph was taken by Cauthen last night in the criminal court room before he was slapped by former Senator Reed. Reed is shown with his back to the camera, talking to J. Francis O'Sullivan, another defense attorney, and Mrs. Myrtle Bennett. Reed, just after the picture was taken, berated and cursed Cauthen. 'I want you to understand,' he told the photographer, 'that if this picture is published, I'll knock your---head off.' He then struck Cauthen in the face" (page 26).

Item Type: Glass negative, b/w, 4 x 5 in.

Collection: Zeldin Collection of Journal-Post Glass Negatives (P29)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36855

Location: P29, Box 18, Folder 39, #18 (print)

See Also: MVSC Compilation: Bennett Bridge Game Murder
"The Devil's Tickets," Gary M. Pomerantz [MVSC BROWSING 364.152 P78D].

Subject: Judicial proceedings; Courtrooms; Bridge (Game);

Local Subject: Bennett, John G.; Bennett, Myrtle; Reed, James A.; Murders;

Digital Format: JPEG

Barcode: 10015724

Repository: Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri

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