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This Week in Princeton History for August 14-20

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, mail service to dorms changes, a member of the Class of 1992 reports the murder of his parents, and more.

August 14, 1997—Two antique Chinese snuff bottles (together worth a quarter of a million dollars) are discovered to be missing from the Princeton University Art Museum, which will prompt the Department of Public Safety to partner with the FBI to conduct a sting operation to catch the thief.

August 16, 1943—Due to a shortage of workers, mail will only be delivered once per day to dormitories at Princeton University as of this date.

August 17, 1788—The mother of a student at the College of New Jersey (Princeton) writes to him, “I am glad to find by your letter that you have a dancing and a fencing master. These accomplishments are very necessary for finishing a young man’s education.”

August 20, 1989—Lyle Menendez ’92 calls 911 to report that he has found his parents murdered in their home. He will later confess to killing them with his brother, Erik, in conversations with their psychologist.

Less than six months after the death of his parents, Lyle Menendez ’92 purchased the Spring Street Cafe in Princeton and announced plans to start a chain of buffalo wing restaurants. Photo from the Daily Princetonian. He was arrested for double murder a few weeks later.

For last week’s installment in this series, click here.

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