The Slow Death of Ocey Snead

Starved, overdosed, and drowned by her mother and aunts, Ocey Snead became the center of a scandalous murder in turn of the century New Jersey

Ocey Snead, December 1907, public domain image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

At 4:30 PM, November 29, 1909, the police station in East Orange, New Jersey, received a telephone call. The woman on the line asked for a coroner. The officer explained there…