May 23, on this date in 1875...

50. The Boston Belfry Tragedy

In the early 1870s, the city of Boston experienced a rash of gruesome murders. In October 1871, 18-year-old Kate Leehan was raped and murdered. A year later the dismembered body of Abjah Ellis was found floating in the Charles River. In 1874, Jesse Pomeroy killed two children and tortured several others. And, perhaps most disturbing to the people of Boston, a series of violent sexual assaults committed between 1871 and 1875 resulted in the deaths of two young women. These crimes remained unsolved until a Sunday in May 1875 when the body of five-year-old Mabel Young was found in the bell tower of the Warren Avenue Baptist church shortly after Thomas W. Piper, was seen leaping from the belfry.

Date: May 23, 1875
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Victim: Mabel Young
Cause of Death: Blows to the Head
Accused: Thomas Piper
Thomas Piper Jumping from the Belfry
Thomas Piper Jumping from the Belfry
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