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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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Discovering the Body

(p.1) Introduction
The Body in the Reservoir

Michael Ayers Trotti

University of North Carolina Press

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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