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Three Sisters in Black: The Bizarre Case of the Bathtub Tragedy

by Norman Zierold

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Norman Zierold is also the author of Little Charley Ross, the story of what is in my opinion one of the most fascinating kidnapping cases in American history, a case for which my own website was named. It is Zierold's authorship as much as the actual story that caused me to pick up Three Sisters in Black.

I find this book has much the same sort of writing as the other: straightforward and comprehensive journalistic reporting. The Snead murder case is infinitely more complicated than Charley Ross's abduction, but Zierold, a historian, does a good job of sorting through all the media hullaballoo and conflicting testimonies and points of view. If you want to learn all about this fascinating murder, you can't go wrong with Zierold's book.

I only wish that (A) Zierold had provided footnotes, endnotes or at least a bibliography of sources and (B) he would have dared to do some of his own speculating. The case is a century old now and was sixty years old when this book was published; he could not have done any harm by voicing a few of his own opinions. Zierold probably knows more about that case than anyone living: what, in his opinion, really happened to Ocey Snead? Were her aunts crazy, crazy like a fox or something in between? I know what you know, Mr. Zierold, but what do you THINK? ( )
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To the stargazers of the Eastern seaboard, November 27, 1909, was memorable for a total eclipse of the moon, which shrouded the night in densest black.
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