Om Moonlight Murder on Lovers' Lane
He was a handsome and charismatic local minister; she was the church choirs beautiful soprano soloist. In 1922 they were found together, brutally murdered, along a secluded lane in New Brunswick, New Jerseya popular spot for lovers trysts. Each of the victims was marriedto someone else. And although the police believed this would be an easy case to crack, it became one of the most high-profile unsolved crimes of the decade.
At first, the primary suspects seemed obviousthe betrayed wife and husband of the slain lovers. The ministers wife was one of the towns wealthiest and most socially prominent citizens; the sopranos husband was a man of modest means, working as the church sexton. But as the investigation progressed, new suspects were uncovered and key eyewitness testimony was found to be falsedeepening the mystery surrounding the murders.
Combining elements of adultery, wealth and social prominence, revenge, a long and colorful list of suspects, and conflicting political agendas, this case dominated New York newspaper coverage in its time. It was said to have played a part in inspiring F. Scott Fitzgeralds classic novel The Great Gatsby. And today, it remains an intriguing mysteryinspiring continued debate.
Dr. Katherine Ramsland outlines the major and more obscure theories regarding the killers identity in fascinating detailand uncovers compelling new evidence that has yet to be considered in investigations.