Anatomy of a Murder takes place in small-town in Michigan, in which a murder has taken place. Lieutenant Frederick Manion murdered Barney Quill a local bar and inn owner, after Mr. Quill raped his wife Laura Manion. Mrs. Manion contacts former state district attorney Paul Biegler to represent her husband, who is facing charges for first degree murder. Knowing nothing about the case, Mr. Beigler is pursued by his friend Parnell McCarthy to take the case. After two visits to Mr.Manion in jail and discussing things over with Mr. McCarthy, Mr. Biegler indirectly helps Mr. Manion to enter a defense of temporary insanity due to an irresistible impulse. Aside from preparing Mr. Manion for this defense, Mr. Biegler has to worry about Mrs. Manion who is always wearing tight clothing and flirting with other men. Mr. Biegler advises her that for the best interest of her husband’s case, she should refrain from her flirtatious behavior and dress appropriately to court and until the case is over.
As the trial begins, there are commentary disagreements between Mr. Biegler and the prosecutors. The main factor of the case is that Mr. Quill raped Mrs. Manion, which caused her husband to react and kill him. As Mr. Manion takes the stand, he testifies that he was temporarily insane. A Doctor in the army who evaluated Mr. Manion states that he did suffer from temporary insanity and that he had an irresistible impulse which caused him to kill Mr. Quill. Doctor Harcourt argues against this as he testifies that based on his experience such dissociative reaction does not happen out of the blue and the fact that Mr. Manion appeared calm afterwards shows that he was not insane. Many factors are present by a doctor who testifies that it is uncertain whether or not Mrs. Manion was raped and the prosecutors are able to bring into light the fact that Mrs. Manion dresses inappropriately, flirts with other men, and is often afraid of her husband; so her being raped was questioned. Several other people testified but two main testimonies are given by Alphonse Paquette who witnessed the killing of Mr. Quill and secretly is aware that he raped Mrs. Manion and Mary Pilant, who is first identified as a mistress of Mr. Quill but it is later revealed by Mr. McCarthy that she was Mr. Quill’s daughter. She testifies on the last day of the trial and reveals that she found Mrs. Manion's torn panties in the laundry chute. This was solid evidence that Mrs. Manion was indeed raped by Mr. Quill. After further deliberation, the jury finds Mr. Manion not guilty due to temporary insanity.
Testimony of Alphonse Paquette
(Direct) Mr. Paquette testifies that he saw Lieutenant Manion shoot Mr. Quill and that afterwards, as he approached Mr. Manion, he was told “Do you want some buster;” he said Mr. Manion pointed the gun at him but appeared calm (Circumstantial). He stated that he had worked at the bar for six to seven years and there were always guns behind the bar that Mr. Quill always...