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 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" was only the beginning, for it revealed a famiThe 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 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" was 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 black'......
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Three Sisters in Black Reviews
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 hand.Suspicious 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 veils.Based 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 investigations.I 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 more interest to those facts by including quotes 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 quote probably at least two more. 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?
Finally, all my questions 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 questioning on the stand was telling the truth all along. She made some good points. But here's the thing: so did everyone else involved. Very well-written and thought-provoking. I would recommend this to anyone!
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 Zierold's authorship as much as the actual story that caused me to pick up Three Sisters in Black.I find this book has much the same sort of writing as the other: straightforward and comprehensive journalistic reporting. The Snead murder case is infinitely more complicated than Charley Ross's abduction, but Zierold, a historian, does a good job of sorting through all the media hullaballoo and conflicting testimonies and points of view. If you want to learn all about this fascinating murder, you can't go wrong with Zierold's book.I only wish that (A) Zierold had provided footnotes, endnotes or at least a bibliography of sources and (B) He would have dared to do some of his own speculating. The case is a century old now and was sixty years old when this book was published; he could not have done any harm by voicing a few of his own opinions. Zierold probably knows more about that case than anyone living: what, in his opinion, really happened to Ocey Snead? Were her aunts crazy, crazy like a fox or something in between? I know what you know, Mr. Zierold, but what do you THINK?
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 my own suspicions of what happened, the book is pretty open-ended. I appreciated the chapters that delved into the sisters' and Ocey's family history, showing the decline of a genteel Southern family. The book was very tragic, and I ended up reading it quickly in a few short days.
Creepy...terribly sad story, more so cos it really happened.
A really bizarre story. Creepy.