An Heiress is Missing

When seventeen year old Laura Louisa Fletcher vanishes, the world takes notice

Mother and Daughter. Jossilene JoB,
Mother and Daughter. Jossilene JoB,

Sept. 10, 1920. Laura Fletcher was a difficult child: headstrong, petulant, stubborn as a Missouri mule.

By age seventeen, she had been expelled from two private schools for offenses that involved cigarette parties, gambling, and the corruption of her classmates. A bane…




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