"If you can remember that,
that's beautiful"

Carter's feeds his alibi story to his alibi witness, April 5, 1967;
(Nine years later, she testified that it was a lie)

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The original is trimmed slightly. I believe this letter was intercepted and never reached the woman.

"Working" witness was on vacation

Note: The murders occurred at 2:30 a.m. June 17, 1966.

According to a prosecution brief from 1974, "Carter's defense counsel called as a witness Catherine McGuire [the woman to whom this letter is addressed], who had testified that at 2:15 on the morning of June 16, 1966, after she had asked him to do so, Carter drove her and her mother to their home, about three blocks from the Nite Spot, and that she sat in the car with him until about 2:25 or 2:30. She was reasonably certain of the times because her mother had to go to work the next day, and she and her mother were both looking at the watch. She had looked at the watch some four or five times that night, and left with Carter at 2:15 a.m. because her mother had to go to work the next morning.

Anna Mapes [McGuire's mother] likewise testified that she, her daughter, and Carter left the bar at 2:15 a.m. and that Carter left at about 2:25 after dropping them off. The witness testified that she was in a hurry to get home because she had to get to work the next morning.

By way of rebuttal to this testimony, the State produced testimony that Anna Mapes in fact was on vacation from her employment during that time and did not have to report to work.

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