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POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 27, 2013 Page 3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: postgazette@aol.com Website: www.BostonPostGazette.com Subscriptions in the United States $30.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETTE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnanuna Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 117 - No. 39 Friday, September 27, 2013 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. THE STIFFING STATE You can be for a smaller government or a bigger one but you have to pay your bills by Donald Kaul : : (TangoPango/Flickr) My cousin Mona called me the other day about her husband Harry, who had came home from work and said: "We're spending too much money, Mona. It's got to stop. We're going broke." "Really? I thought we were doing OK, sort of." "OK? Look at the stack of bills on my desk. You call that OK?" "It's not as though we're big spenders, Harry. Most of our money goes for household expenses -- food and rent and things like that. What's left over goes into Sonny's education fund or for insurance." "Education. Insurance. That's what I'm talking about. We don't have enough money for frills. We have to can- cel the insurance." "What if one of us gets sick or hit by a car?" "Life is full of risks. Look both ways when you cross the street and you'll be fine. If we keep spending like this, we have no future." "I don't know what you expect me to do. I've already cut our food budget down to the bone. I suppose we could get rid of cable television." "And miss football? Not a chance. That's a necessity. No, we'll have to cut something else." (Continued on Page 14) LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 Patricia "Patty" (Barrasso) Hogan Patricia "Patty" (Barrasso) Hogan of Lynn, formerly of the North End of Boston, died suddenly on September 10, 2013 at Massachusetts General Hospital. Born and raised in the North End of Boston, Patricia moved to Lynn in 1992 when she married James Hogan. She worked for the Registry of Motor Vehicles for 25 years. Patty enjoyed doing crafts and giving them to others and always had a smile on her face. Patricia was the beloved daughter of the late Pasquale and Christine (Guarino) Barrasso. Patty is survived by her sister Elaine O'Brien and her husband John; Aunt of Tara O'Brien and John O'Brien III and his wife Gretchen; Great-Aunt of Sophia and Colin O'Brien; Niece of Anthony Barrasso of Boston's North End. She is also survived by her sister-in- laws Agnes Donovan and her husband John and Eileen Hogan and brother-in-law Francis Hogan as well as many cousins. The wake was held at the Boston Harborside Funeral Home, Commercial Street in Boston on September 16 th followed by a Mass at St. Leonard Church, located at the corner of Hanover and Prince Streets. Services concluded with interment in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden, MA. Donations in Patricia's memory may be made to: Easter Seals, 233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60606 or Muscular Dystrophy Association, (MDA) P.O. Box 78960, Phoenix, AZ 85062-8960. For online condolences, please visit www. bostonharborsidehome, com. New Exhibit Revisits 19 t' Century's Most Infamous Murder, Trial & Execution The 1849 murder of George Parkman in Boston stands as the most sensational case of its time, and the prosecu- tion of John Webster is often described as the O.J. Simpson trial of the 19 th cen- tury. This case had it all: a grisly murder, a wealthy vic- tim, a respected suspect, a dubious lead witness and unorthodox court proceed- ings. Nearly 60,000 specta- tors were ushered through : 4L. the Boston courtroom in 10- minute intervals. An all-out media blitz ensued, includ- ing journalists from Europe. Ultimately, the case spawned books, documenta- ries and even an I-Phone app. To this day -- more than 160 years later -- Webster's guilt is debated. The Parkman-Webster Murder Case opened at The West End Museum and runs through December 21 st in the Main Exhibit Hall. Con- current programs will be of- fered throughout the run of the show. The exhibit and concurrent programs are free and open to the public dur- ing regular Museum hours. The Parkman-Webster Mur- der Case exhibit traces the entire timeline of the case from Parkman's disappear- ance in the West End to Webster's trial and execu- tion at the Leveret Street jail. The forensics of the case -- one of the first trials to allow scientific evidence as testimony and the first to allow dental evidence -- are explored along with a brief history of the "Spunkers Club," a secret group of medi- cal students and future dig- nitaries including founders of MGH and Harvard Medical School that procured dead bodies for anatomical dissec- tion. The lawyers and judges are examined, as are prob- lematic issues with the case and oddities surrounding the trial."Among the many fas- cinating elements to this story are two unique aspects: the number of Harvard men involved in the case and the rapidly changing social cli- mate being ushered in," says Duane Lucia, West End Mu- seum Exhibit Curator. "To borrow from the Reverend Theodore Parker, the Ath- ens of America was rapidly becoming the Dublin of America." The trial is legally historic for Chief Justice Lemuel Shaw's charge to the jury, now known as the "Webster Charge." At the time, the legal standard for a capital murder case was to prove "to an absolute cer- tainty" that the dead body was in fact that of the vic- tim, but Shaw set a new pre- cedent when he instructed the jury that the prosecution only needed to prove this "be- yond a reasonable doubt." In his charge, Shaw also de- fined the difference between murder and manslaughter, the difficulty with eyewit- ness testimony as alibi and the legitimacy of circum- stantial evidence. Film: Sacco and Venzetti -- Thursday, 'October 3 rd. at 6:30 pm. Free. Preregistra- tion required. To register visit thewestendmuseum.org/ whats_on/ event-registration. This 2006 documentary brings to life the story of two Italian immigrant anar- chists who were accused of a murder in 1920, and ex- ecuted in Boston in 1927 af- ter a notoriously prejudiced trial. The ordeal of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti came to symbolize the bigotry and intolerance directed at immigrants and dissenters in America, and millions of people in the U.S. and around the world pro- tested on their behalf. De- cades later, the story contin- ues to have great resonance, as America once again grapples with issues of civil liberties and the rights of immigrants. Prison letters written by the defendants are read by Tony Shalhoub as Sacco and John Turturro as Vanzetti. Interviewees include Howard Zinn, Studs Terkel and Arlo Guthrie. Show Reception Friday, October 4 th. 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Tour the exhibit and enjoy light refreshments. Film: The Boston Stran- gler -- Thursday, Octo- ber 29 th, 6:30 pm. Free. Pre- registration required. To register visit thewestend museum.org/whats on event-registration. The Boston Strangler bru- tally murdered 11 women in the Boston area over an 18- month period in the early 1960s. Most of the victims were also sexually assaulted. In 1967, while being held for unrelated rape charges, Albert DeSalvo confessed to killing 13 women, but his confession was ruled inad- missible and he was never charged. In 1973, while serv- ing a life sentence for the unrelated sexual assault charges, another inmate stabbed DeSalvo to death. As of the release of this film, the Boston Strangler case remained open. (In July 2013, DNA evidence proved with near certainty that DeSalvo raped and killed the final Boston Strangler vic- tim, Mary Sullivan, and the case is now widely consid- ered solved.) Film: Murder at Harvard -- Wednesday, November 13 th, 6:30 pm. Free. Preregistra- tion required. To register visit thewestendmuseum.org/ whats_on/ event-registration. In November 1849, Dr. George Parkman, one of Boston's richest citizens, suddenly disappeared. The police conducted an exten- sive search of the city and dredged the Charles River. Parkman had last been seen walking towards the Harvard Medical College. The School janitor, Ephraim Littlefield, who had a suspicion where Parkman might be found, spent two grueling nights tunneling beneath the base- ment laboratory of chemis- try professor John Webster. What he discovered horrified Boston and led to one of the most sensational trials in American history. Inspired by a book by his- torian Simon Schama, Mur- der at Harvard (A PBS Ameri- (Continued on Page 14)