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Leonard v. Estate of Cowles



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Leonard v. Estate of Cowles was a 1993 civil case from Florida in which Frank Leonard sued Cowles estate for damages based upon his recollection, in therapy, of childhood abuse by his uncle, Tampa publishing executive Frank Cowles, Jr. “Records were produced showing that Cowles had been convicted in 1959 of sexually abusing young boys in Clearwater….According to the lawsuit, Leonard’s uncle admitted the abuse and then killed himself. Leonard won a settlement from the estate.” (St. Petersburg Times, March 6, 1994. See also “Abuse lawsuit target’s uncle’s estate,” St. Petersburg Times, April 14, 1993: 1B.)


1. Gentry, C. (1994, March 6). Are Secrets Locked Inside? St. Petersburg Times.

2. Vielmetti, B. (1993, April 14). Abuse Lawsuit Targets Uncle's Estate. St. Petersburg Times.

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