Rochester Mystery: the Disappearance of Emma Moore


When the daughter of a respected Rochester family inexplicably disappeared in November 1854, the mysterious incident was reported in the New York Times and newspapers across the country. Four months later the recovery of her lifeless body created a national sensation. This presentation explores what is Perhaps Rochester’s oldest cold case. The story of Emma Moore opens a window on both the investigation of crime and life in mid-nineteenth-century Rochester.

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