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Andrew Pedroti

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Andrew Pedroti[i] was a man who attacked August E. Muenter, a California State Senator, at his home near Lathrop during the early morning hours of 2 March 1902, some newspapers reporting, sensationally, that he had been driven insane by research into perpetual motion and that he sought to assassinate Muenter over a conspiracy to prevent him from registering a patent for his design, while more sober reports claimed Pedroti had simply broken in while on an alcoholic binge.

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  1. Sometimes reported with the alternate spellings of Andrea Pedroli and Pedrotti, described as being Swiss or Italian (or perhaps Austro-Italian).