On February 2, 1896, The Courier-Journal wrote a short piece about the mysterious remains of a woman found beheaded in a lonely area, about one mile south of Fort Thomas, Kentucky. The crime was compared to the work of Jack the Ripper.
Only 5 years before H. H. Holmes had stalked the World’s Fair for his victims, and the year after that Lizzie Borden’s parents had been hacked to death in their home.
Initially it was suspected she was an “abandoned woman” from Cincinnati, and law enforcement was unable to find her head, despite bringing in bloodhounds to find it. A soldier in Ft. Thomas reported seeing a man and a woman walking out late at night along Alexandria Pike close to where the body was found, and a sergeant claimed he had heard a woman scream around midnight.
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by Marlene Pardo Pellicer