What Lies Beneath Stillwater
by Susan Clayton-Goldner
When an infant’s skull is revealed during a groundbreaking for the new homeless shelter behind Harrison Mortuary, Detective Winston Radhauser immediately opens an investigation.
While cordoning the scene, Radhauser spots a giant of a man standing at the back of the gathering crowd. He’s crying. The two of them lock gazes for an instant before the big man scurries away.
Radhauser turns to Sister Anne Monique, a long-time resident of Ashland who knows the history of the mortuary better than anyone. When she’s told about the discovery, she seems almost frightened. She tells Radhauser The Stillwater Home for Unwed Mothers preceded the mortuary and housed pregnant women, most of them teens. Dr. Stillwater sold the property in 1973. When asked about the man at the groundbreaking, the sister says Roosevelt Levingston had been the home’s caretaker.
Medical Examiner Steven Heron and his forensic team excavate the site. The remains of more than twenty infants are discovered. Forensic anthropologists estimate the bones are thirty to fifty years old. Cause of death is unknown.
What went on at the Stillwater?
What caused the death of so many newborns?
Who buried these children?
Radhauser won’t stop until he has the answers.
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