The Case Of William M. Rice

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There were many remarkable cases throughout the history of the United States. Some of which, took place in the state of New York. In the early 1900s, a particular murder caught the attention of Arthur Train and many other authors. The trial for the murder had many distinct characteristics, some of which are still studied in the present day. The popular trial at hand was, of course, for the homicide of William M. Rice. A quick inspection of Rice’s life reveals that Rice was generally a lonely man. Rice had no children and he was not married. The only individual that had consist contact with Rice was a valet named Charles F. Jones. William M. Rice was found dead at the Berkshire apartment complex one Sunday evening. The 84 year old man was ill …show more content…

Patrick was a lawyer in New York. Despite never meeting Rice, Patrick was given Rice’s will. After Rice’s death Patrick had full access to Rice’s assets and became a millionaire over one evening. This confused many people as to why Rice would hand over all his belongings to a stranger and not Jones. Jones’ name was not mentioned at all within the will. Notwithstanding the facts, there was no real motive for Jones to murder Rice. However, many alleged that parts of will were forged. This further supplemented Jones testimony, claiming that he murdered Rice under the command of Patrick. Nonetheless, there was not a law in New York stating that Patrick could be acquitted for …show more content…

Patrick was the counsel against Rice and caused him to lose money. Nevertheless, Patrick met Jones when Patrick visited Rice’s apartment complex. He adulated Jones, stating that he deserved a better master and that he could help Jones get revenge for being mistreated. With the assistance of Jones, Patrick studied Rice’s main routine thus begin to plot his heist. Patrick had stumbled upon the will of Rice, written in 1896. The original will had left most of the wealth to Rice’s institution and his relatives. Patrick wanted to create a new will, one that included himself as an heir, while keeping the old one for reference. Patrick stated that no one would object to the will as it left more money for the relatives. After promising Jones anything he wished to be left to him, Patrick wrote a new

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