A Watery Grave
Well, this investigation takes us to one of my favorite parts of the country, North Carolina. We were in a small town just 45 minutes from the Outer Banks beach community. As usual, this part of the country is friendly and hospitable. The whole team even had a chance to meet the Mayor and his wife. They were very nice people who were excited that the dead files team was in town. The town itself was located on a river with very nice homes surrounding the water. The area was loaded with a lot of mom & pop style restaurants with menus you can only find in the south. I haven’t had fried chicken that good anywhere; I would go back just for that.
On to the case at hand, this was an investigation that really took me back to my days investigating homicides. The only difference here, it was more of a cold case homicide I needed to investigate, surrounding a home built in 1891. This case involved a family from Brooklyn (My hometown) and whose last name was Cropsey. I learned that Cropsey Avenue in Brooklyn was named after this family and it’s relatives who were pretty prominent in the New York area. I actually grew up half a block from Cropsey Avenue. The investigation on my end was focused on a young girl (Nell Cropsey) who was murdered in 1901 supposedly by her boyfriend back in 1901. Following the murder I uncovered a lot more tragedy connected to the case. I had to go as far as having to speak with a forensic pathologist as well as a biologist whose expertise revolved around rivers. These two interviews were crucial to the case for me. Once we did the reveal and I learned what Amy saw on her walk, it all made sense. However, there was much more going on this house than I expected and the family really needs to make decision! Till next time, stay safe……..SD