Aside from reading all books Atlantic World oriented, I’ve been digging through the evidence for a murder from back in 1821. Well at least it started out as a murder investigation. It was like a CSI script in many ways. A body washes up on shore, the man appears to have had his throat slit. He was wrapped in a blanket that appeared to have been attached to several rocks to ensure the body wasn’t found. Moreover, several witnesses reported that he was in possession of a large amount of cash and had been (quite stupidly) flaunting it.
The man boarded a ship to go from Virginia to Camden, North Carolina. He never reached his destination and his body washed up on shore near Pasquotank County, North Carolina. The local justices of the peace put out a warrant for his arrest and the story in the local paper about the “MURDER!” was published in over 15 papers from North Carolina to Maine.
Now here is the shocker, it turns out that the suspected murderer was cleared by the local court before he was even arrested. Why? It turns out that the body did not belong to the wealthy man on a trip, but instead to a destitute sailor. The sailor died at sea and his shipmates and the captain decided to throw him overboard since all were sick and lacked the strength to take him into port.
Weird stuff, eh?