A Soul On Trial: A Marine Corps Mystery at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Robin R. Cutler. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2007. 371 pp. Illus. Notes. Bib. $26.95.
In 1907, Marine Second Lieutenant James Sutton died suddenly near the Corps' officer training school at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. A formal Navy inquiry quickly ruled his death to be a suicide; by 1909, however, another formal inquiry indicated that the lieutenant might have been murdered. In those intervening two years, Sutton's mother, Rosa, a devout Catholic and also a spiritualist had challenged the original findings of military authorities and sparked the second hearing. Among other things, she claimed to have received visits from her dead son during which he disputed the Navy's verdict and asked her to get him justice.