A headline-grabbing murder will be discussed in "Murder in the Lower Berth: A Wartime Episode," the next lecture in the Windows in Time series.

A headline-grabbing murder will be discussed in "Murder in the Lower Berth: A Wartime Episode," the next lecture in the Windows in Time series.

Lectures are at noon Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., and noon Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

Using court transcripts and Southern Pacific investigative reports, historian Larry Mullaly reviews details surrounding the January 1943 stabbing of a young Virginia woman in a sleeping car near Tangent, Ore., and the fairness of the trial of a 20-year-old black railroad cook charged with the murder. The case touched a raw nerve in race relations and was front-page news across the country at the time, organizers said.

Mullaly has written extensively on western railroad topics and is a member of the National Railway Historical Society.

The 2012 Windows in Time history lecture series is presented in partnership with the Southern Oregon Historical Society. The free lecture series occurs from noon to 1 p.m. on the first and second Wednesday of each month throughout the year.

For more information on the "Windows in Time" series, call Jackson County Library Services at 541-774-6996 or 541-774-8689 or the Southern Oregon Historical Society at 541-899-8123 or visit www.jcls.org.