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Creator:Masso, José, collector.
Title:Benjamin LaGuer papers
Dates:1984-2000 (bulk 1998-2000)
Call Number:M100
Location:70/4
Volume:0.15 cubic ft. (1 box)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection includes: correspondence from LaGuer to Masso between1998 and 2000, requesting Masso's support for Parole Board and other hearings; legal documents, correspondence, and memoranda relating to Parole Board and other hearings between 1984 and 2000; and publicity about LaGuer and his ongoing quest for parole or a new trial between 1987 and 2000.
Historical Abstract:Benjamin LaGuer is a Puerto Rican-American who was convicted of raping a neighbor in January 1984. He consistently maintained his innocence and actively sought a new trial and parole based on lack of evidence, mental incapacity of the victim, and racism on the part of the jury and Parole Board. Over the years, LaGuer gained the support of people in academics, politics, law, and the media. José Masso, Senior Associate Director of Northeastern's Center for the Study of Sport in Society (CSSS) between 1997 and 2000, was one of many LaGuer contacted for support. Also a native of Puerto Rico, Masso had a special interest in Latinos in sports and society, and was an activist in various community organizations. During his tenure with Northeastern, he was a member of Mayor Menino's Office of Cultural Affairs Planning and Assessment Advisory Task Force, and the host of WBUR's bilingual radio program "Con Salsa."
Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Masso, José
  • LaGuer, Benjamin


  • Criminal investigation -- Massachusetts
  • Crime and the press -- United States
  • Crime and race -- United States
  • Discrimination in criminal justice system -- Massachusetts
  • Mass media and criminal justice
  • Prisoners -- Massachusetts -- Correspondence

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Linda Carroll, April 2004