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ACBL Bridge Beat #5 – The Bennett Murder makes bridge a popular headline…

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September 1929, Kansas City, MO: Bridge makes headlines when Myrtle Bennett shoots and kills her husband, John, after he is unable to make a four spades contract. After the play of the hand goes horribly wrong, the alleged conversation between the husband and wife was as follows:

“You overbid,” said John Bennett.

“You’re a bum bridge player!” said Myrtle Bennett.  To which John Bennett reached across the table and slapped his wife several times and folded up the bridge table.

“Nobody but a bum would hit a woman in the presence of friends!” said Myrtle.

“I’m going to spend the night at a hotel, and tomorrow I’m leaving town,” said John.

John Bennett went to his room to pack a suitcase, but Myrtle Bennett went to pack heat.

(Bridge experts later concluded that the four spades contract could, in fact, have been made!)

John Bennett

Myrtle Bennett

Bennett Murder Trial


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January 11, 2012 at 10:20 am

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  1. My understanding is that the cards in contemporary Newspaper Columns were not necessarily correct. They were a reconstruction based on vague memories, designed to provide an iffy contract that might have been made.

    Henry Bethe

    January 11, 2012 at 11:55 am

  2. Hilarious the bulk of the conversation goes toward hand reconstruction…

    Kristy Kriegel Knight

    January 15, 2012 at 7:01 am

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