Case 73

The Lady in the Barrel

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Case 73

The Lady in the Barrel

September 15th, 1878 was a cooler than average day for Staten Island, New York. A cold north-westerly breeze blew as three young teenage boys tended cattle in the woods near Silver Lake.

Just after midday, a cow strayed and one of the boys crossed a ravine after it, the ground muddy and soggy under his feet. Before he reached the cow his foot sank deep into the mud, and as he looked down, he noticed the soil had been freshly moved.

On closer inspection, he saw a large rock and the round, unmistakable features of a wooden barrel sticking out from the earth. Washed away enough by rain and weather, the barrel was now visible through the mud.

The boy called his two friends over and they all stood around excited, assuming they had found a great treasure.

Digging madly at the barrel with sticks, the three boys pried the mud from around the barrel, poking and poking until a stick hit an object that was not gold, or treasure as they had hoped. The barrel had been newly sawn in half, and nailed across its opening and tied with a length of rope, was a torn piece of ‘Brussels carpet’ which the boys pried easily from the barrel.

As they pulled at more of the carpet that was shoved inside, something fell out.

An arm.

________

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Anna Priestland

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOK:

Murder & Mayhem on Staten Island by Patricia M. Salmon (Chapter 1 only: The Body In The Barrel)

 

ARTICLES:

A collection from Newspapers.com – Archives of The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Tennessean, The Saint Paul Globe, The Cincinnati Daily Star, The St Louis Post

16.09.1878 – “A Ghastly Discovery Made by 3 boys.”

20.09.1878 – “Moving the body, the fingers dropped off” Most interesting to note though is the early suspicion of childbirth or abortion.

09.10.1878 – “A recent tragedy in New York has excelled all others”

10.10.1878 – A reporter for the Sun visits wife #2

10.10.1878 Married 2nd wife six days before disappearance

10.10.1878 – Annie’s ring is found at Broome St.

11.10.1878 – People had come in droves to claim the body. “Where are all these comely girls, with long brown hair whos friends have been visiting the Staten Island coroner?”

11.10.1878 – Mystery indeed solved

TRIAL AND EXECUTION

24.05.1879 – Sentenced by Judge Dykeman – death by hanging next July 11, 1879

10.12.1879 – “Why the doomed man should have another trial – life & death in the balance” – Writ of error before the Brooklyn Supreme Court

10.01.1880 – Dead woman’s parents have her body exhumed (again) so they could give her a proper burial. Edward reacts dramatically

21.01.1880 – Accused of theft in jail

18.03.1880 – Approved to go to the court of appeals – stay is approved

05.06.1880 – County clerk demanding his fee

06.06.1880 – Tries to escape jail – again! Good article about what they found in his cell, train tickets etc.

26.06.1880 – Escape attempt

11.07.1880 – Tries to escape a 3rd time “3 fatal falls”

13.12.1880 – Sentenced to death for the 3rd time. January 14, 1881

13.12.1880 – Court of appeals upheld death sentence

15.12.1880 – He is noted as being about 26 yrs old. (b. Approx 1854)

12.01.1881 – Fences built around jail

14.01.1881 – “I will die bravely”– account of the execution itself

15.01.1881 – Another good emotive account of his death

15.01.1881 – Best retrospective article about the murder

 

OTHER:

Death Penalty USA

New York Post visits Silver Lake, Staten Island

Silver Lake Park History

Staten Island

Silver Lake Park

 

POEM:

‘One Sea-Side Grave’ – by Christina Rossetti

 

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSOR

 

The Alienist  New TV mystery drama based on a novel by Caleb Carr

September 15th, 1878 was a cooler than average day for Staten Island, New York. A cold north-westerly breeze blew as three young teenage boys tended cattle in the woods near Silver Lake.

Just after midday, a cow strayed and one of the boys crossed a ravine after it, the ground muddy and soggy under his feet. Before he reached the cow his foot sank deep into the mud, and as he looked down, he noticed the soil had been freshly moved.

On closer inspection, he saw a large rock and the round, unmistakable features of a wooden barrel sticking out from the earth. Washed away enough by rain and weather, the barrel was now visible through the mud.

The boy called his two friends over and they all stood around excited, assuming they had found a great treasure.

Digging madly at the barrel with sticks, the three boys pried the mud from around the barrel, poking and poking until a stick hit an object that was not gold, or treasure as they had hoped. The barrel had been newly sawn in half, and nailed across its opening and tied with a length of rope, was a torn piece of ‘Brussels carpet’ which the boys pried easily from the barrel.

As they pulled at more of the carpet that was shoved inside, something fell out.

An arm.

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Anna Priestland

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOK:

Murder & Mayhem on Staten Island by Patricia M. Salmon (Chapter 1 only: The Body In The Barrel)

 

ARTICLES:

A collection from Newspapers.com – Archives of The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Tennessean, The Saint Paul Globe, The Cincinnati Daily Star, The St Louis Post

16.09.1878 – “A Ghastly Discovery Made by 3 boys.”

20.09.1878 – “Moving the body, the fingers dropped off” Most interesting to note though is the early suspicion of childbirth or abortion.

09.10.1878 – “A recent tragedy in New York has excelled all others”

10.10.1878 – A reporter for the Sun visits wife #2

10.10.1878 Married 2nd wife six days before disappearance

10.10.1878 – Annie’s ring is found at Broome St.

11.10.1878 – People had come in droves to claim the body. “Where are all these comely girls, with long brown hair whos friends have been visiting the Staten Island coroner?”

11.10.1878 – Mystery indeed solved

TRIAL AND EXECUTION

24.05.1879 – Sentenced by Judge Dykeman – death by hanging next July 11, 1879

10.12.1879 – “Why the doomed man should have another trial – life & death in the balance” – Writ of error before the Brooklyn Supreme Court

10.01.1880 – Dead woman’s parents have her body exhumed (again) so they could give her a proper burial. Edward reacts dramatically

21.01.1880 – Accused of theft in jail

18.03.1880 – Approved to go to the court of appeals – stay is approved

05.06.1880 – County clerk demanding his fee

06.06.1880 – Tries to escape jail – again! Good article about what they found in his cell, train tickets etc.

26.06.1880 – Escape attempt

11.07.1880 – Tries to escape a 3rd time “3 fatal falls”

13.12.1880 – Sentenced to death for the 3rd time. January 14, 1881

13.12.1880 – Court of appeals upheld death sentence

15.12.1880 – He is noted as being about 26 yrs old. (b. Approx 1854)

12.01.1881 – Fences built around jail

14.01.1881 – “I will die bravely”– account of the execution itself

15.01.1881 – Another good emotive account of his death

15.01.1881 – Best retrospective article about the murder

 

OTHER:

Death Penalty USA

New York Post visits Silver Lake, Staten Island

Silver Lake Park History

Staten Island

Silver Lake Park

 

POEM:

‘One Sea-Side Grave’ – by Christina Rossetti

 

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSOR

 

The Alienist  New TV mystery drama based on a novel by Caleb Carr

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