UC Berkeley's Behind Bars

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Here are some of the San Francisco Examiner's original photos found in the Bancroft Archives.

May 9, 1955 to May 23, 1955
Abbott is indicted
July, 1955 to November 6, 1955
The Trial
November 7, 1955 to January 19, 1956
Verdict and Appeal
January 25, 1956 to July 14, 1956
March 14, 1957 to March 15, 1957

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Executing Abbott: 50 Years Later

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More than 50 years ago, the criminal justice system was both the same and very different. The Burton Abbott idealica.me/es case is one of the best examples of this contrast – or lack thereof. Abbott was tried, convicted and executed for kidnapping and killing Stephanie Bryan, a 14-year-old girl from Berkeley. He died in San Quentin’s gas chamber on March 15, 1957, nearly two years after Bryan’s disappearance. Today, the average wait on death row is more than 20 years.

The role of the media has also changed. In the 1950s, newspapers were the main source of news. Two San Francisco Examiner reporters organized the team that discovered Bryan’s body. They broke the news to her parents and published graveside photographs. The paper published headlines nearly idealica.me/pl every day for two years and gave major developments three to five full pages. When Abbott’s trial began, the Examiner even hired a detective novelist to add to its coverage.

It was a different era. See for yourself: Explore the Abbott case through the Examiner’s photo archive and newspaper articles.