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Stories and Songs Around the Campfire

  Story Abstract  

Name of the Storyteller: 

Jenny Flores


Title of the Story: 

Death by the Sea:  The Yarmouth Bootlace Murder, 1900


Story Source Material:


An adaptation of an account of the Yarmouth Bootlace Murder, as found in Crimes and Punishment:  The Illustrated Crime Encyclopedia, volume 28, H.S. Stuttman, Inc.: Westport, Connecticut, 1994, pp. 3418-3426.  I have fictionalized the story by adding dialogue and one minor character (Elisha Bunting) but the facts of the case are true.


Story Rating:

Young Adults/Adults


Taletype Classification of the Story:

Historical


Abstract/Summary

Abstract/Summary of Story:  Early on the morning of September 23, 1900, the body of an attractive young woman was found in a popular “courting” spot on the beach in the English resort town of Yarmouth.  She had been strangled with a bootlace tied in a distinctive reef-knot.  Who was the mysterious woman, and who had murdered her?  After an intensive police investigation, the killer was brought to justice—or was he?  This tragic mystery reaches across a century to snare our interest and curiosity.

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