You probably haven’t heard of Big Bay, a tiny mill town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, on the south shore of Lake Superior. But you’ve probably heard of the “temporary insanity” plea—a legal defense for crimes of passion—which also has its origins in Big Bay, in the aftermath of a grisly murder at the Lumberjack Bar and Grill back in 1952. That story was turned into a book, which was turned into a movie starring Jimmy Stewart, called Anatomy of a Murder, which was filmed on location in Big Bay in 1958 and the following year took home seven Academy Awards, including Best Actor and Best Picture. But as my friends and I discovered when we visited Big Bay this summer, in many ways, Anatomy of a Murder never really left the town.
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