By M.P. Pellicer | Strange Than Fiction Stories
Police get strange reports, especially about dead bodies. Some of them pan out, but alot don't. So when a berry picker told police he'd come across one by Fresh Pond Road, the information was taken, and a few hours later a detective was sent out.
Following the berry picker's information, Detective Herbert Graham from the Bayside Station went to a thicket south of North Hempstead Turnpike, and west of Fresh Pond Road in Flushing, Queens. He found the body, but even stranger the woman was naked with her clothing torn to pieces and scattered around her. Her purse containing $53.79 lay near the body. There was no evidence of foul play, but perhaps she'd been killed in a disguised way. If so, robbery was not the motive.
The medical examiner quashed any suspicion that she'd been murdered; because according to him she died of heart disease. Only four days before she'd been treated at the I.R.T. station at 104th St., Corona, Queens. He determined she'd been dead about 24 hours.
Then Jane Hanson went to the police station to report her landlady missing. She then confirmed the woman found in the thicket was Bridget L. Curran, 72 of 133 E. 97th St. Manhattan. She'd been living at this address for 30 years.
It was unknown if Mrs. Curran had gone into the thicket to escape the heat of the day, or perhaps she felt death coming upon her and just wanted to lay down.
But perhaps the biggest mystery of all was the identity of the berry picker who found her, and disappeared before police could question him. Did he know anything as to why she was unclothed; was he even a berry picker?
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by M.P. Pellicer