Playhouse 90

Season 2 Episode 11

The Troublemakers

Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Nov 21, 1957 on CBS

Episode Recap

After the brutal murder of ex-G.I. Ray Cirrotta, one of the eight students involved in the crime goes to trial. Tom Doxsee went to trial at Plymouth, 48 miles from Dartmouth. The prosecutor, Grafton County Solicitor Robert Jones, was a Dartmouth graduate. So was one of Doxsee's lawyers, Charles Tesreau, son of the late Jeff Tesreau, onetime Dartmouth baseball coach and pitcher for the New York Giants.

The first day all the principals went to the campus to look over Cirrotta's quarters. The next morning they huddled for several hours. In the afternoon an announcement was made in court: the state would permit Tom Doxsee to change his plea from not guilty to no contest. The judge gave him a sentence of one to two years in prison, which was suspended, and a $500 fine. Ray Cirrotta's father, in court for the hearing, collapsed when he heard the sentence. Young Tom Doxsee, as his lawyer paid the $500, said he was "disappointed" with the verdict, too. He seemed to think it was too severe.