Tuesday, February 23

Douglas Sirk's Underbelly #16

June 30, 1955:  Patricia Moore, center, is comforted by her daughter, Toni Davis, and son, Telford Moore, jr, as she awaits the verdict in her final trial for the slaying of her husband, Dr. Telford Moore in 1952.

In May 1952, Patricia Moore filed for divorce, no longer able to bear her husband's beatings and affairs. Her husband moved out but, as a precaution, a policeman friend gave her a revolver for her protection.  On May 10, 1952, Dr. Moore broke into the house in a rage, chased Mrs. Moore down the hall, threw her  to the ground and began beating her. She pulled out the revolver from her pocket and shot him twice.

After the first two murder trials produced hung juries, the state reduced the charge to manslaughter and a third trial was initiated. It too was headed for a likely hung jury and on July 8, 1955, before the case was finished, the State of California finally dropped all charges against Mrs. Moore and she was free to go.


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