Some Explorations in
Sociology of Alcohol

Ron Roizen
Wallace, Idaho


The Rossi Murder and the unwritten law in 1916's Wallace Idaho
(2021), available at Amazon

In 1916, Herman J. Rossi, one of Wallace, Idaho's leading citizens, shot and killed his young wife's lover, Clarence "Gabe" Dahlquist.  Three months later, a jury readily acquitted Rossi after a week-long trial.  The unwritten law was widely credited for the jury's verdict.  This book explores both Rossi's trial and the historical sociology of the unwritten law.  Rossi's wife's alcoholism and the temperance movement's remarkable cultural hold in Idaho at this time played key roles in this drama.

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