Historian To Present Research On 19th Century Murder Mystery

CRANFORD— Historian Alexander Shipley will talk about his book, “The Case of the Unknown Woman: The Story of One of the Most Intriguing Murder Mysteries of the Nineteenth Century,” on Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue.

“The Case of the Unknown Woman” concerns a young woman whose frozen corpse was found by four brothers on Central Avenue in Rahway on March 26, 1887. Her throat was slashed and her body was covered in bruises. The most bizarre element of this murder is that no one was ever able to give a positive identification of the victim. News of the case spread far and wide, and as many as 10,000 people filed past the victim’s coffin in hopes of identifying her as a missing relative or friend. To this day, her identity is unknown and the case is unsolved.

Shipley is Rahway’s city historian and the Director of Museum Operations at Rahway’s Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum. Copies of “The Unknown Woman” will be available for purchase and for signing. Admission is free and all are welcome. The program is sponsored by the Cranford Public Library.

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