Saturday, November 12, 2011

Body NOT identified at Coney Island - 1852

The New York Times mentioned another mystery male body found at Coney Island Point in their June 2 issue. Not only was his identity unknown, but so was his cause of death.

--The New York Times, June 2, 1852

The Brooklyn Eagle was a bit less timely, but had more details.

ANOTHER INQUEST AT CONEY ISLAND.--Coroner B. Donly was called on Thursday afternoon to hold an inquest on the body of an unknown man, that was found floating near Coney Island Point, by a colored man named Isberal Peterson. The body was very much mutilated, having been in the water it is supposed about five or six months. He was dressed in black pantaloons, checked shirt and coarse boots. The jury returned a verdict of "death from causes unknown," The body was taken to Flatbush for burial. Further information can be had by applying to Bernardus Donly, the coroner, at his store, in the village of Gravesend.

--Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Friday, June 4, 1852

The New York Daily Tribune reported basically the same thing on June 5, 1852.

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