Stamford '76

A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race, and Feminism in the 1970s

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Pub Date 15 Apr 2019 | Archive Date 15 Apr 2019
University of Iowa Press, University Of Iowa Press

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In July 1976, a twenty-four-year-old white woman, Margo Olson, was found in a shallow grave in Stamford, Connecticut, with an arrow piercing through her heart. A few weeks later, Howie Carter, her black boyfriend, was killed by the police. Howie and Margo’s interracial relationship held a distorted mirror to the author’s own, with Howie’s best friend, Joe. Joe’s theory was that the police didn’t have any evidence to arrest Howie; operating on the assumption that the black man is always guilty, they killed him instead. Margo’s murder was never solved.

Looking back at what might have happened in 1976, the author discovers a Bicentennial year steeped in recession, racism, and unrelenting violence. It was also a time of flourishing second-wave feminism, when young women were encouraged to do anything, if only they knew how. Stamford was in the midst of urban renewal, destroying historically black neighborhoods to create space for corporations escaping a bankrupt and dangerous New York City, just forty miles away. Organized crime followed the money, infiltrating Stamford at all levels. The author reveals how racism, misogyny, the economy, and corruption affected the young people’s daily lives, and helped lead Margo and Howie to their deaths.

In July 1976, a twenty-four-year-old white woman, Margo Olson, was found in a shallow grave in Stamford, Connecticut, with an arrow piercing through her heart. A few weeks later, Howie Carter, her...


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“There is a deep, elusive connection between a memoir and a crime scene, and in Stamford ’76, JoeAnn Hart tracks it doggedly, bringing together scenes from her rich and troubled past and the mystery of a decades-old crime. She transports us from our moment back into the waning days of the counterculture. A suspenseful narrative, pressurized on every page by the release of material long held close.”—Sven Birkerts, author, The Art of Time in Memoir: Then, Again

“JoeAnn Hart’s obsession with a thirty-year-old cold case quickly became my own in this spellbinding work about 1970s biracial couples, drug kingpins, the mob, and Connecticut’s dirty cops. A thoughtful exploration of the memories that haunt us and the ones that let us go that kept me turning the pages, wondering if Hart’s die-hard beliefs were going to be the next victim.” —Elyssa East, author, Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town

“There is a deep, elusive connection between a memoir and a crime scene, and in Stamford ’76, JoeAnn Hart tracks it doggedly, bringing together scenes from her rich and troubled past and the mystery...


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Wow what a book. I could not put this down. The true crime storyline is on of a topic which creates a lot of discussion especially in our earlier generations. This book is based on the 70s area. I loved it very personal.

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