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    NY - Hazel Drew, 20, Sand Lake, 7 July 1908 - 'Twin Peaks' inspiration

    Daily Mail, long and well-illustrated:

    From Sand Lake to Twin Peaks - How one woman's grisly unsolved murder
    in 1908 inspired the 90s cult TV drama making a comeback on Showtime

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    Hazel Drew - a blond bombshell with a 'well-formed figure' - was last seen picking raspberries by the side of Taborton Road at 7pm on July 7, 1908. Her badly decomposed body was found in Teal Pond four days later.

    Police honed in on a dozen suspects, including a 'dim-witted' farm boy, a drunken charcoal peddler, a dentist who had proposed to Drew despite being married and a professor who employed her.

    Then there was Drew's 'suicidal and melancholy' uncle William Taylor - who sounds like a character straight out of Twin Peaks - who lived near the pond and helped pull her body from the water.

    Locals who had no obvious connection to Drew also came under suspicion, notably the 'half-witted' son of a Sand Lake widow who was believed to torture farm animals.

    A 'florid-faced' stranger spotted near the pond and a man with a 'dark-complexion' seen with a girl who looked like Drew on a trolley bus were also suspected.

    Drew's skull had been smashed in and a piece of ribbon was wrapped around her neck. But that didn't stop people speculating that she'd been mowed down by a reckless 'automobilist' in a newly-invented 'touring car.'

    It was briefly suggested that the driver had panicked and tried to make the accident look like murder.

    Drew's death was the newspaper sensation of the day. Journalists arrived from all over the US to report on the twists and turns of the 'Teal Pond mystery.'
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    more at the links

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    Our history: Looking into old murder

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    From the Troy Record anniversary account via Saratogian link above:

    Was the killer:

    *Frank Smith, the farm hand, and/or Rudolph Gunderman, a peddler of charcoal, who said they saw Hazel on July 7?

    *The "dark complexioned" man who was spotted on a trolley with a girl who looked like Hazel?

    *An unnamed dentist from Troy who allegedly had proposed to her, even though he was married?

    *Prof. Edward Cary of RPI, for whom Hazel worked as a governess but whose employ she had abruptly left?

    *Her melancholy and suicidal uncle, who lived near the pond and in fact was so near it when her body was discovered that he was enlisted to help pull her from the water?

    *"The stout man with the florid face," in the words of a newspaper article, who was spotted near Teal Pond around the time of the murder?

    *The Troy man with hypnotic powers whom Hazel's mother suspected of exercising a mysterious influence over her?

    *The "half-witted son" of a Sand Lake widow who was rumored to be a torturer of farm animals?

    Or was it any one of a dozen other suspects?

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    Thank you so much for this information! I was under the impression that Twin Peaks was inspired by Elizabeth Short's case. As a huge fan of the show, I am psyched to learn the real story behind it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoryalilith View Post
    Thank you so much for this information! I was under the impression that Twin Peaks was inspired by Elizabeth Short's case. As a huge fan of the show, I am psyched to learn the real story behind it!

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    Sure! I didn't know about this either and I was a big Twin Peaks fan; then years went by and I found the story and the location -- less than an hour from me on the Taconic Pkwy!



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