New Hampshire

Mill worker’s grim 19th-century murder was a cautionary tale for girls

It was a warm day in April 1850. Saco’s Woodbury Brook was probably a torrent of meltwater when 14-year-old Osgood Stevens tried to clear a culvert where the creek flowed under Storer Street.

Osgood stood in the freezing water and found the culprit. A whitewashed plank of wood blocked the flow. Then the teenager made a much more gruesome discovery.

Fastened to the other side of the six-foot board was the body of a woman.

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