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Susan

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Apr 19, 2010
 

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Hi,
When I was a young girl, living in Brattleboro, there was a murder (stabbing), somewhere between 1950 and 1956, of a young women, who worked at Margolin's Pocketbook Factory on Canal St., by a young man, who was jealous of her relationship with his boyfriend. Does anyone have any information about this or knowledge of where I can acquire some? I remember solving the crime with my good friend as amateur sleuths. It happened off Canal Street, where I lived. Any help with this will be greatly appreciated, as I have been racking my brain over the incident for quite some time.
Primavera

Richford, VT

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Apr 19, 2010
 

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You might be talking about the murder of Rosamond Burrington which happened in November of 1952. I don't know that much about it except a few rumors about a homosexual relationship between Rosamond's Fiance and the murderer, and another explanation that the murderer had Multiple Personality Disorder. Then there was was a theory about drug problems. I don't know who was right and wrong about this. Several people I knew over the years denied that the whole murder had anything to do with homosexuality, but was due to severe mental illness.
Primavera

Richford, VT

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Apr 19, 2010
 

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It has just occurred to me that I should not be talking about this online, as the relatives of the parties involved might become very distressed. Perhaps we can connect about this somewhere else.
Kandid

Montpelier, VT

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The Rosamond Burrington murder took place the evening of November 20, 1952, on Frost Place in Brattleboro. The murderer was judged Insane, but there were rumors about a homosexual partnership with Ms. Burrington's finance. This would be worth looking up in the Brattleboro Reformer Archives.

Yes, relatives are still around. I am related to Ms. Burrington. I'm sure that the relatives of the (now deceased) murderer, Robert Magoon, are still around, at least the younger ones. I doubt that they would want to talk about it.
Kandid

Montpelier, VT

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The Rosamond Burrington murder took place the evening of November 20, 1952, on Frost Place in Brattleboro. The murderer was judged Insane, but there were rumors about a homosexual partnership with Ms. Burrington's fiance. This would be worth looking up in the Brattleboro Reformer Archives.
Yes, relatives are still around. I am related to Ms. Burrington. I'm sure that the relatives of the (now deceased) murderer, Robert Magoon, are still around, at least the younger ones. I doubt that they would want to talk about it.
Curious

South Portland, ME

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This is a very OLD murder! It's surprising there's anyone alive that still remembers it. Wouldn't it be better to let sleeping dogs lie now?
Kell

Rutland, VT

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Apr 28, 2010
 

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Yes, let sleeping dogs lie. 1952 was a long, long time ago.

“figuresdontlie*l iarscanfigure”

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S. Londonderry VT

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Curious wrote:
This is a very OLD murder! It's surprising there's anyone alive that still remembers it. Wouldn't it be better to let sleeping dogs lie now?
An interesting response to a valid question.

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S. Londonderry VT

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Apr 29, 2010
 

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Kell wrote:
Yes, let sleeping dogs lie. 1952 was a long, long time ago.
I find these objections odd. The person certainly came to the right place. It never occurred to me to see it other than at face value.

A simple, honest question. Who and why would anyone take the time to invalidate this much less two?
Curious

Waterbury, VT

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My guess: Brattleboro was a very different town back in 1952. It was a very conservative and "safe" place, where you could walk the streets at night without fear. If the suspected murderer was found to have been homosexual (and it might have been just a rumor), the tendency in those old days would be to blame the murder on the homosexuality. I doubt that anyone in Brattleboro would make that kind of connection now.

Twenty years ago I met a couple of people who remembered the murder and they swore that it had nothing to do with homosexuality. Mr. Magoon had been determined to be mentally ill, not in his right cabooses when the murder happened. My personal opinion is that we should let it go, it's over and done.
Reality

Brattleboro, VT

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Yes, does curiousness about a MURDER have to diminish with time? Sounds like ADD culture to me.

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S. Londonderry VT

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Curious wrote:
My guess: Brattleboro was a very different town back in 1952. It was a very conservative and "safe" place, where you could walk the streets at night without fear. If the suspected murderer was found to have been homosexual (and it might have been just a rumor), the tendency in those old days would be to blame the murder on the homosexuality. I doubt that anyone in Brattleboro would make that kind of connection now.
Twenty years ago I met a couple of people who remembered the murder and they swore that it had nothing to do with homosexuality. Mr. Magoon had been determined to be mentally ill, not in his right cabooses when the murder happened. My personal opinion is that we should let it go, it's over and done.
My, you certainly have alot of info, but-it has already been said...sooo, why don't YOU just uh,'let it go'...

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Reality wrote:
Yes, does curiousness about a MURDER have to diminish with time? Sounds like ADD culture to me.
Sounds like someone(s), do not wish the topic to be brought up or even discussed for some strange reason.

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S. Londonderry VT

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Reality

Brattleboro, VT

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Curious wrote:
It was a very conservative and "safe" place, where you could walk the streets at night without fear.
You are a walking Beck/Goebbels talking point Curious! You equate "safety" with politics even?! On the lists of most and least dangerous towns in America, politics of each place is pretty randomly divided.

Look at learn: http://www.morganquitno.com/cit05pop.htm
dnburr

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Jul 17, 2010
 
I am Rosamomd Burrington's nephew and I will be happy to set the record straight according to what I had been told by my father and mother. I would also like to learn any details that I can in regard to what happened to Robert Magoon after he was released from prison in 1972.
After Rosamond's murder there had been much conjecture about drugs and scandal surrounding the murder and even some suspicion of the prosecution due to the fact that there never was a trial.
(1)My mother was acquainted with Magoon prior to the murder as they both worked at Fishman's Department Store at the time of the murder. There was no indication that Rosamond and Magoon were acquainted with each other.
(2) There was never any suggestion by my parents that Magoon was a homosexual. Soon after the murder my father's brother was told that Rosamond's fiance was allegedly a homosexual unbeknownst to her and the rest of the family.
(3) Apparently Rosie put up quite a fight as Magoon went to the Emergency Room to have his wounds treated which is what eventually cast suspicion on him as being the possible murderer.
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Jul 17, 2010
 
Rosamond Burrington's nephew, continued:

(4) New York tabloids aside, drugs had nothing to do with the murder. Rosie was a fine young girl and was the opposite of the black sheep of the family. Sometime after the murder my grandmother became so hurt and enraged that she ripped some tabloids right off the rack in a downtown store when she discovered that they had an article about Rosie's murder inside!
(5) No trial was required as Magoon pleaded guilty to the crime and was sentenced to double life in the State Prison. He did not plead not guilty by reason of insanity. Magoon stated that he remembered the struggle but had no idea why it occurred. My own suspicion is that he might have seen a target of opportunity, demanded sex and she put up a fight to the death. I can understand how one might want to "forget" tha fact if he knew he was headed to prison for the rest of his life.
(6) In 1972 the Reformer printed a story that Magoon had just been released from prison and was working on a farm in Guilford. That is the last that my immediate family has ever heard of him. If someone has more details I am curious enough to want to learn about them.
(7) In his later years I asked my late father what he thought about Magoon and he replied that he didn't think anything about him. He merely said, "I miss my sister." Dad said that he wouldn't want to meet Magoon but had no hatred nor any thought of any kind about him. However, when my grandmother was still alive, Dad would become quite upset whenever another rare murder in Brattleboro occurred and the Reformer would drag out Rosie's name again.
(8) If anyone has any other information regarding this murder, I would appreciate learning about it.
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Jul 17, 2010
 
There is no delicate way to describe the wounds but my parents never mentioned anything about a cross being carved in Rosie's neck and I suspect that it is nothing more than tabloid fiction. They did say that her throat had been slit practically from ear to ear. Rosie had been in the habit of wearing kerchiefs on occasion and a pretty one was used to cover her wound during the viewing of the body.
Michaela

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Robet Magoon died of lung cancer back around 1990--I forget the exact year, but it was around then.
waybur

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Kell wrote:
Yes, let sleeping dogs lie. 1952 was a long, long time ago.
My Dad was Roseamond's brother and it troubles him terribly when ever he would read story's about the murder years later in the news paper. I only know what Dad told me, but he felt their was no truth regarding the homosexual relationship issue. It was mentioned that the MaGoon had made romantic overtures toward Roseamond prior to the murder was was turned down. Magoon was deemed insane and spent many years in a state facility prior to his release to a farm in the northern part of the state. He is now deceased.
A number of other speculative stories we published at the time of the crime as well as years after as well.

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