The Susie Beck Murder

In late June of 1887, a young wife died under mysterious circumstances. Her husband left shortly after her burial with a cryptic note indicating he couldn’t live without her.  What the authorities discovered when his employer contacted them to try to save the grieving husband’s life is almost unbelievable. 

“UNATONED AFTER THIRTY-TWO YEARS A FAMOUS ST. LOUIS MURDER.” St. Louis Post – Dispatch (1879-1922); Apr 6, 1919; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: St. Louis Post Dispatch
WILL SEND FOR REV. W. A. WEST.: SEGUIN, TEX., AUTHORITIES SURE THEY …St. Louis Post – Dispatch (1879-1922); Jun 24, 1897; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: St. Louis Post Dispatch pg. 10


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