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The Body in the ReservoirMurder and Sensationalism in the South$
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Michael Ayers Trotti

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831786

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807899038_trotti

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Introduction

Introduction

Discovering the Body

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(p.1) Introduction
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The Body in the Reservoir
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Michael Ayers Trotti

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807899038_trotti.4

This book begins by recounting the morning when Lysander Rose, the keeper of the old reservoir on the western edge of Richmond, Virginia, noticed a shoestring and a red glove near furrows that marred the path at the southern end of the reservoir. Looking over into the water, he saw what at first appeared to be a floating log or a piece of refuse—or the flounce of a woman's dress and the leg of its wearer. Rose called to one of his laborers, and together they probed with a stick to be sure of what they had found. It was seven o'clock on the morning of March 14, 1885. It would be well past one o'clock on a Friday afternoon twenty-two months later before the horror, suspense, and fascination awakened by Rose's discovery began at last to subside.

Keywords:   Lysander Rose, old reservoir, Richmond, Virginia, horror, suspense, fascination

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