Diane L. Goeres-Gardner is the author of three books on Oregon History. Caxton Press published Necktie Parties: The History of Legal Executions in Oregon, 1851-1905 (2005) and Murder, Morality, and Madness: Women Criminals in Early Oregon (2009). Arcadia Publishing released Roseburg as part of their Images of America Series in 2010. Diane is a retired teacher and administrator living in the Umpqua Valley with her husband. Currently she is working on a new book tracing the history of the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.
State of Oregon v. Norman Williams
In May 1904, in State of Oregon v. Norman Williams, an Oregon jury made legal history by convicting a man of murder without having a body as evidence. In a legal system based on precedent, the case continues to be cited in murder cases today. Daniel Norman Williams was …
State of Oregon v. Phillip George
Oregon’s reputation for showing respect for the common citizen and individualism began early in its history. The execution of Phillip George in 1860 is an example of how that reputation was earned and how that respect was carried out in the political arena. Phillip George, a German immigrant, was the …