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Cold case Saint John double murder the subject of new book

Black River Road, the latest instalment of a four-book series by forensic anthropologist and true crime author Debra Komar, is a “blood-soaked Victorian love story” set in 19th century Saint John.

On a fall day in 1869, blueberry pickers returned from Saint John’s east side with horrifying news: the skeletal remains of a woman and child were lying, partially hidden, in a field near Black River Road.

The woman, later identified as Saint Johner Maggie Vail, had been shot fatally in the head. Her child, too, had been murdered.

Suspicion soon fell on respectable, married, middle-aged architect John A. Munroe, with whom Vail was rumoured to have an affair.

The trial scandalized Saint John, and the double murder formed the basis for lurid local news coverage, several ghost stories and at least one popular ballad, The Sad Tale of Maggie Vail.

Adultery, reputation, and murder

“It’s not just a recitation of the case with all the blood and gore,” Komar

Read more at: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/black-river-road-1.3758177

Enquirer’s "Accused" journalists on HLN

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After a murder case languished for 37 years, two Cincinnati Enquirer journalists spent a year investigating whether police had gotten the case wrong from the start.
The Enquirer/Amanda Rossmann

Enquirer journalists Amanda Rossmann and Amber Hunt appeared on Headline News Wednesday morning to discuss their new podcast, “Accused: The Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Andes.”

The two spent a year re-investigating the case – more thoroughly than did the initial detectives. They’ve tracked down people police weren’t able to find and uncovered information overlooked in 1978.

The Oxford Police Department approached the 1978 stabbing and strangulation of Andes as an open-and-shut case. The next-day confession of Andes’ boyfriend, Bob Young,

Read more at: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/accused/2016/09/08/enquirers-accused-journalists-hln/89970130/

Enquirer’s "Accused" journalists on HLN – Cincinnati Enquirer

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After a murder case languished for 37 years, two Cincinnati Enquirer journalists spent a year investigating whether police had gotten the case wrong from the start.
The Enquirer/Amanda Rossmann

Enquirer journalists Amanda Rossmann and Amber Hunt appeared on Headline News Wednesday morning to discuss their new podcast, “Accused: The Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Andes.”

The two spent a year re-investigating the case – more thoroughly than did the initial detectives. They’ve tracked down people police weren’t able to find and uncovered information overlooked in 1978.

The Oxford Police Department approached the 1978 stabbing and strangulation of Andes as an open-and-shut case. The next-day confession of Andes’ boyfriend, Bob Young, bolstered that assessment. But Young immediately recanted the confession, saying he was

Read more at: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/accused/2016/09/08/enquirers-accused-journalists-hln/89970130/