The Mystery of Mary Rogers

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February 2001

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“Executed with [Geary's] customary attention to period detail, cinematic plenitude of points of view, and compositional brio.” – Booklist

Rick Geary presents us yet another true crime of the last century, very carefully researched and factual but with his usual gleeful tongue-in-cheek look at the lurid details.

Mary Rogers was a compellingly beautiful lass employed in a cigar store in New York City in the mid-nineteenth century. She had a few suitors. Then she suddenly disappeared, her body recovered in the Hudson off the Jersey side. The press had a field day with all the possible shocking possibilities. Rape... her “fooling around” between lovers... even gang rape.

Never was this case solved. The hypotheses remain many. Even Edgar Allan Poe thought to have solved the case and presented that in his tale
The Mystery of Marie Rogêt. Make up your own mind. Geary recreates a fascinating picture of the nascent still somewhat anarchical soon-to-be metropolis of New York.

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