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August 29, 1925


JAMA. 1925;85(9):687-688. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670090043016

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The Plea of "Irresistible Impulse" in a Murder Case  In the court of criminal appeal, the plea of "irresistible impulse" in a murder case has failed. The prisoner was an unmarried man who had been convicted of the murder, by strangling, of a barmaid with whom he had been intimate. Last March the girl told her employer that he had tried to throttle her, and on another occasion her mouth was seen to be bleeding and she had a scar on her neck. May 7, they had some drinks at two saloons, and early on the following morning the prisoner arrived home and told his family that he had murdered the girl. Later he took the police to the place where her body was lying in some bushes, and said that he had had connection with her and that she had asked him to "do her in." The judge summed

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