Stamford '76: A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race,

In July , 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 , 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 Stamford '76: A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race, and Feminism in the 1970s


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 the anthology Black Lives Have Always Mattered.



10 thoughts on “Stamford '76: A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race, and Feminism in the 1970s

  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 recommended.


  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 redemptive self awareness of her younger self that challenges your own confirmation biases in her mission for biracial harmony There ar


  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 commentary on a particular time, it reveals how experience and reflection alters our sense of time, timing, and our ultim


  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 understand her younger self in the process of researching what really happened to Margo Olson, a young woman murdered


  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 prejudice, often from parents, neighbors, the local police, and older generations At the center of this story is


  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, was likewise intriguing And worst of all, how the hope of the 60s didn t open up society and people enoug


  7. says:

    This was a great read a memoir that s so muchIt 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 Equally fascinating was the parallel tale of the author s decades long research journey and her reconnection


  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 reflection A must read.


  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 muchthan 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 cultural violence Wry and honest, we see ourselves what have we missed by not looking, and what d


  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 age story, both for the author and for America itself.


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