The Observer-Reporter staff will discuss the plight facing veterans upon coming home in a series of occasional stories that focuses on a variety of topics, including post-traumatic stress disorder, challenges of receiving adequate medical care and benefits, homelessness and a high rate of suicide. This is the staff project for 2015.
In the winter of 1907, the front pages of newspapers all around the country revealed steamy details from the sensational murder trial of Harry Thaw, accused of killing New York architect Stanford White in December 1906. The deadly love triangle involving Thaw's wife, Evelyn Nesbit, later provided the background for E.L. Doctorow's novel, “Ragtime.”
100 years ago, Lillian Roupe sat in her cell at the Washington County Jail, contemplating what could be the climax of her life. Her husband lay mortally wounded at City Hospital with a bullet wound suffered on New Year's Eve. Should he die, she might well face execution for his murder. "Mercy Has a Human Heart" is a true story, written by Parker Burroughs, retired executive editor of the Observer-Reporter.