Mill employee’s grim Nineteenth-century homicide was a cautionary story for ladies

It was a heat day in April 1850. Saco’s Woodbury Brook was doubtless a torrent of spring meltwater as Osgood Stevens, 14, tried to unclog a culvert the place the stream handed underneath Storer Avenue.

Standing within the icy water, Osgood discovered the perpetrator. A whitewashed, picket plank was blocking the stream. Then {the teenager} made a way more ugly discovery.

A lady’s lifeless physique was hooked up to the opposite aspect of the six-foot board.