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The Murder of the Beautiful Cigar Girl

June 2, 2021 at 5:44 PM by Cathy Polovina


In 1841, the smoky confines of the Liberty Street Cigar Shop drew a regular crowd of gregarious New York City literary men to admire the “dainty figure and pretty face” of the girl behind the counter, 20-year-old Mary Rogers. So when Mary disappeared in July of that year, the news made headlines—and when she was found days later floating in the Hudson River, her death became America’s first big murder story. What happened to Mary Rogers and how did a dissolute young writer named Edgar Allen Poe play a part in the search for the killer of the beautiful cigar girl?

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