TRIAL OF ALLEN C. LAROS AT EASTON, PENNSYLVANIA, AUGUST, 1876, FOR THE MURDER OF HIS FATHER, MARTIN LAROS, BY POISON, AND HIS DEFENCE, BASED UPON THE DEFENCE OF EPILEPTIC INSANITY, TOGETHER WITH THE ARGUMENT ON THE RULE FOR A NEW TRIAL AND PROCEEDINGS UPON THE PLEAS IN BAR OF THE SENTENCE.
Easton, Pa. Cole & Morwitz, Publishers, 1876. , 245, [1 blank] pp. Stitched in original printed wrappers. Very Good. Inscribed on front wrapper: "Compliments of W.S. Kirkpatrick," who represented Laros at the trial.
"In Northampton County, Pennsylvania, Laros, a twenty-two-year-old teacher, put four and one-half ounces [equal to over two thousand grains] of arsenic in the family coffeepot, killing his parents and a hired man; his two brothers and two sisters were made ill but lived. He had stolen $330 from money kept in the house" [McDade]. Laros's claim of "insanity, produced by epilepsy or some other disease," was unpersuasive; he was sentenced to death.
According to the Reporter, who compiled this pamphlet from a variety of sources and reviewed it with counsel for accuracy, Laros "was always disposed to be somewhat reticent and spent much of his time alone. For several years past he has taught school in the neighborhood and in connection with the duties of his school had begun the study of law."
McDade 583. II Harv. Law Cat. 1125. Item #37826