The Hall-Mills Murders
The letters that had been torn up and scattered between the corpses were written in pencil by a woman with wildly romantic sentiments. She promised her love to him forever, and said things like, "Oh, honey, I am fiery today. Burning, flaming love."
The reverend had grown up in Brooklyn, getting his theological degree in Manhattan. (Although they called him Dr., he had no doctoral degree.) He had gone from New York to Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and finally to St. Johns in New Brunswick. In 1911, he had married Frances Stevens, a woman of wealth, who was seven years older than him.
The authorities believed this case would be quickly solved, but they had no idea of the many characters and massive number of witnesses who were destined to come forward.