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Three Sisters in Black

Murder were her mother Caroline and her two aunts Mary and Virginia all socially prominent southern belles But the investigation of the The Bathtub Tragedy wa. Abandoned Normally I love true crime but there has to be a narrative that I find compelling and this book just didn t work for me It felt like a dry regurgitation of names and dates and places that was hard for me to follow

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S only the beginning for it revealed a family history of other bizarre violent unexplained deaths with all the clues pointing to the mysterious 'sisters in blac. Creepy Interesting to hear about places in Brooklyn and the city though from a hundred years ago where these women lived or used the places to stash things Legal procedures leading up to conviction were also of interest

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The bizarre true case of the 'Bathtub Tragedy It started when a beautiful young woman named Ocey Snead was found in a bathtub naked and dead Charged with her. On November 29 1909 an apparent suicide was called into a police station in East Orange New Jersey Upon arriving at the house the county physician found the only living inhabitant to be a woman in a long black dress her face entirely obscured by heavy veils The victim the woman s niece was dead in the bathtub clutching a washcloth in one handSuspicious circumstances surrounding the death including the fact that the victim had apparently been lying in the bathtub a full 24 hours before her aunt bothered to check on her led to a police investigation which followed clues from New Jersey into New York Virginia and Georgia In the course of the investigation two sisters of the victim s aunt were also implicated in the death the victim s mother Catherine Martin and another aunt All three women dressed exclusively in black with heavy face obscuring veilsBased on a true story Norman Zierold s Three Sisters in Black is an attempt to sift through the police reports newspaper articles and other contemporary information to create a narrative of the infamous Bathtub Tragedy and the resulting investigationsI became interested in this story after seeing this picture of Ocey Snead the victim on the Shorpy photo blog It took a while to track down a copy of this book and the copy I did find was in terrible shape with most of the pages detached from the spine The basic facts of the incident can be found on Ocey Snead s wikipedia page While Zierold s book adds some interest to those facts by including uotes from the trial and the 1909 newspaper coverage he also seems to have been caught up a bit in the Victorian Gothic melodrama of the case and some of his writing is a bit over the top However you choose to learn about the case via Zierold s book or through internet research it s a fascinating story of a twisted formerly prestigious family from the American South that includes at least one murder for profit and uote probably at least two Add in some insanity empty Victorian mansions full of rotting newspapers and the three women in black themselves and the story of Ocey Snead s death and the Wardlaw family becomes a twisted Gothic story that would make an excellent movie Are you listening Hollywood


10 thoughts on “Three Sisters in Black

  1. says:

    On November 29 1909 an apparent suicide was called into a police station in East Orange New Jersey Upon arriving at the house the county physician found the only living inhabitant to be a woman in a long black dress her face entirely obscured by heavy veils The victim the woman's niece was dead in the bathtub clutching a washcloth in one handSuspicious circumstances surrounding the death including the fact tha

  2. says:

    Finally all my uestions about the death of Ocey Snead are answered I think This was a great study of a weird weird weird situation The author really did his best to dig into a case when there was probably nobody left alive to interview By the end of the story I was really starting to wonder whether the madwoman they were uestioning

  3. says:

    Norman Zierold is also the author of Little Charley Ross the story of what is in my opinion one of the most fascinating kidnapping cases in American history a case for which my own website was named It is Zierol

  4. says:

    This was a fascinating book Zierold does a good job of stating the facts of the case It was bizarre and though I tend to lean towards

  5. says:

    Abandoned Normally I love true crime but there has to be a narrative that I find compelling and this book just didn’t work for me It felt like a dry regurgitation of names and dates and places that was hard for me to follow 🙁

  6. says:

    Trigger warnings death murder suicide death of a child mentions of drug addiction 35 stars This book was originally published in the 1960s and then appears to have been republished in 2018 following the author's death This book was also a wild ride To sum up the case in uestion In 1909 a young woman is found dead in the bath She drowned in almost no water A suicide note is found Doctors come forward to say that they'd been to t

  7. says:

    The book was written in 1968 about a trial that took place around 1911 Three sisters were charged with killing Ocey Sean Ocey was the daughter of one sister and the niece of the other two The story gets stranger and stranger I had to remind myself that this is a true story by a great author The language used reflects the

  8. says:

    Creepy Interesting to hear about places in Brooklyn and the city though from a hundred years ago where these women lived or used the places to stash things Legal procedures leading up to conviction were also of interest

  9. says:

    Intriguing A very interesting book I had not heard of Ocey Snead before this was linked via The Lineup a website of true crime paranormal and all sorts of intriguing stuff The writing is dated partly due to long

  10. says:

    Started out great because the story is wild but the second half was just the trials and it was tedious

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