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Stamford 76 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

About the Author: JoeAnn Hart

JoeAnn Hart is the author of the true crime memoir Stamford ’76 A True Story of Murder Corruption Race and Feminism in the 1970s University of Iowa Press April 2019 and the novels Float and Addled Her short fiction essays and articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications including the Boston Globe Magazine The Stamford Advocate Design New England Orion Solstice and th

10 thoughts on “Stamford 76

  1. says:

    Wow A shattering remarkable read JoeAnn avoids the dreaded self involvement of so many memoirs while honestly exposing her own biases and growth during her 20 year research project The last chapter when she explores what might have happened is riveting Highly recomm

  2. says:

    Compelling mystery tragedy and memoir with exceptional storytelling in a clockwork that pulls at your heartstrings about women's agency in a screwed up world in time and place JoAnn's dogged pursuit of the truth about her dead friend Margo who knew too much leads to redempt

  3. says:

    This book is a book for our times JoeAnn Hart first and foremost is a vivid storyteller She creates a tapestry of intrigue mystery discovery and revelation In the context of seriousness Hart has a sense of humor as well Her asides are witty and smart While Stamford '76 is literary

  4. says:

    One might start Stamford '76 expecting it to be a true story crime thriller but it's a much deeper contextual dive into a corrupt city police force the mob the 60's drugs and race It's also at its heart a very personal memoir in which JoeAnn Hart finds herself compelled to reclaim and unde

  5. says:

    This book is part memoir part crime story and part reflection on race relationships particular inter race relationships in Connecticut in the mid 1970s Feeling groovy free love and loving the one you're with were all part of these rebellious changing times but they came with complications and prej

  6. says:

    Excellent read with a mixture of personal memoir research about Stamford in the 70s who knew Stamford mirrored so many cities with political and police corruption racist policies to attract and revile business and development and the tragic relationship between Margo and Howie JoeAnn's ex boyfriend Joe wa

  7. says:

    This was a great read a memoir that’s so much It’s a true crime story a mystery a history a sociological exploration of race class feminism and politics all written with a novelist’s eye for scene and detail Great sentences throughout The haunting tale of Margo’s brutal murder kept me turning the pages E

  8. says:

    I am halfway through this amazing story So far I am blown away by the beautiful writing and the complete honesty of the author's voice Although corruption race and feminism are key elements the author has no agenda She simply observes her past as influenced by the times with a healthy mix of objectivity and personal refl

  9. says:

    Hart's memoir is a no holds barred investigation of a brutal bow and arrow murder in corrupt Stamford in the '70s but it's much than that Unraveling her past as a white woman in a biracial relationship Hart pieces together haunting memories with buried fact weaving in threads of racism privilege feminism and domestic and cultur

  10. says:

    What an absorbing read The subtitle says it all and this book really delivers JoeAnn Hart evokes the gritty 1970s imbued with the lingering innocence of the idealistic '60s in a story about interracial dating corruption and two shocking murders Reading this book made me feel I understand this country better It's one hell of a coming of

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