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Connecticut's Earliest Court Cases; Martha Elliott Recalls Killer Michael Ross

Oct 13, 2015

   

A judge in 17th century Connecticut ruled on the thorniest of problems. Some of these included ruling on a piglet’s paternity, who was to blame for faulty shoes, and whether illicit sex had occurred on a boat sailing to Stamford. 

While most of the rulings wouldn’t stand up in today’s court, our earliest settlers struggled to decide a fair price to pay under a harsh system. This hour, Connecticut Superior Court Judge Jon Blue shares some of the liveliest tales from our past, vividly described by court reporters not bound by modern day legalese.

A little later, we also hear an interview with journalist and author Martha Elliott. Elliott's book, The Man in the Monster, documents her complicated “friendship” with Connecticut serial killer Michael Ross.

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John Dankosky, Catie Talarski, and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.