The Hall-Mills Murder

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The Hall-Mills Murder

Post by ophion1031 on August 5th 2015, 11:34 pm

On September 17, 1922 the bodies of Reverend Edward Wheeler Hall (41) and Eleanor Mills (34) were found in an apple orchard in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Mills had been shot three times and in addition she had her throat slashed. Hall had been shot once in the head. Both of the victims were covered with explicit love letters that they had written to each other and the Reverend also had his calling card placed on his feet. The murder suggests that the illicit affair between the two lovers had been discovered. The crime scene however, was improperly treated and the police work was shoddy at best. No autopsies were performed on either body. Four years after the murders however, a reporter found the calling card that had been sitting against Hall’s feet and had it tested for fingerprints. The prints matched those of Hall’s brother in law. As a result of this finding, Hall’s wife Frances, her brother William, her other brother Henry and their cousin Henry were all named as suspects in the murder case. The trial would take a month and deliberation would go on for six hours before they were all acquitted of the charges against them. No one has ever been held accountable for the murders.

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