The Mystery Box
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The Mystery Box

The Mysterious Death of Mary Reeser

Was it murder, a freak accident, or spontaneous human combustion?

Mary Reeser photographed by her husband Richard in 1947

On an early July morning in 1951, landlord Pansy Carpenter received a telegram addressed to one of the tenants in her Tampa Bay apartment complex.

She went to the apartment, carrying the telegram, and knocked. There was no answer. She decided to open the door. When she…

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