Calling All Angels: Discussions with Dr. Robert W. P. Cutler, M.D. On the Murder of Jane Stanford
Jane Stanford was either a woman cursed with rotten luck or she was targeted, having been poisoned with strychnine twice in less than a month’s time. She was stricken in her home in California but recovered only to meet a grim fate in Hawaii in 1905. The co-founder of Stanford University would be buried with questions but no answers as to her demise. Her end would be blamed on natural causes, and the story would end until nearly a century later.
Stephen Requa’s family was involved in gold mining operations out west that had been profitable. His great-grandfather was the head of the Central Pacific Railroad, who met an untimely end similar to Mrs. Stanford’s. Correspondence between a colleague and Mr. Requa would unleash a deluge of controversy over Mrs. Stanford’s death and would affect Mr. Requa’s career and well-being. The tale that follows includes betrayal, murder, eugenics, fraud, and a cover-up.
Calling All Angels is a scholarly detective story that spans over a century. The author’s claims might seem out there to some, but his documentation cuts a pretty convincing hole in the written record. Stanford University may never be the same again, and this also applies to luminous figures of the early 20th century. This is a thinking person’s read.
Stephen Herrick Requa