The stabbing death of a young Virginia bride in a Southern Pacific sleeping car near Tangent, Oregon in January 1943 exposed the raw nerve of Oregon race relations and was front-page news in newspapers across America. Using court transcripts, and Southern Pacific investigative reports, historian Larry Mullaly reviews details surrounding the death of the beautiful young woman, and the fairness of the trail of a 20-year-old black railroad cook charged with the murder. The tale continues to baffle crime scholars today.
Larry Mullaly has written extensively on western railroad topics and is a member of the National Railway Historical Society. He is co-author with Bruce Petty of The Southern Pacific in Los Angeles, 1873-1996.