Student Organizations

Historical and Theatrical Trial Society (HATTS)


On March 16, 2017, at the Missouri Theatre, The Historical and Theatrical Trial Society (HATTS) will be trying E. M. Watson, formerly the Editor and Proprietor of the Columbia Daily Tribune for incitement to riot, solicitation, and murder in connection with the death of James Scott, who was lynched in downtown Columbia on April 29, 1923.

This event is open to the general public.


The Historical and Theatrical Trial Society (HATTS) is a group of students and faculty dedicated to exploring the intersection of law, history and theatre. Each year HATTS presents a new trial. Previous HATTS trials have featured Lewis and Clark’s supposed theft of a Native American’s canoe, Al Capone’s role in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, Missouri Gov. Thomas Crittenden’s alleged bounty on the head of outlaw Jesse James, the trial of Dr. Victor Frankenstein, and the trial of Thomas Putnam for his involvement in the Salem Witch Trial.