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Taft versus Remus--A Travesty of Justice
Mark Plageman, a Professor Emeritus at Miami University, is back to explain how infamous bootlegger George Remus shot and killed his wife Imogene.
He committed this murder by the Spring House Gazebo in Cincinnati in front of multiple witnesses and then represented himself pleading temporary insanity!
The ensuing Trial brought national attention to Cincinnati, with the prosecution being led by Charles Phelps Taft II, son of former President William Howard Taft. Despite the testimony of numerous witnesses, Remus was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
It was a very unusual trial in that only one percent of all criminal trials in the USA have dealt with insanity.
This presentation deals with the mistakes and lack of clarity on the part of the prosecution and defense. The result was as Charles Phelps Taft said: a gross miscarriage of justice.
This is promised to be a very entertaining evening!!
Mark Plageman is a Professor Emeritus of Miami University, 1966-96. Since his retirement, he has been teaching courses on French culture and literature for senior citizens at Miami's Institute for Learning in Retirement and the University of Cincinnati's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. His interest in George Remus and Prohibition goes back to WWII days when he and his cousins played cops and robbers on Remus's 10 acre estate at Eighth and Hermosa Avenues in Price Hill. He is currently doing presentations on George Remus for Price Hill Historical Society & Museum (a nonprofit, 100% volunteer organization), where most of the documentation on Remus is housed. He has given some 42 presentations on this topic in the past three years.