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Vanderpool Murder Trial

In 1871, Hastings Michigan became the temporary home of an infamous murder trial. After two previous trials in Manistee, MI and Kalamazoo, MI, A. M. George Vanderpool had a third trial held at the Barry County Courthouse.

During this trial, the Republican Banner went into daily publication to cover the proceedings.

Vanderpool was accused of killing Herbert Field after a business relationship turned sour in Manistee, MI.

Read through the papers published between August 15, 1871 and September 13, 1871 to learn all about this exciting event that brought Hastings, MI statewide attention.