An African-American business owner in Bristol lay on his deathbed, in February 1876. He’d enjoyed a successful life and had well-established himself, as well as his family. The confessions from his final hours shocked loved ones, and left authorities baffled.
He said a stranger visited his bar with a great deal of money three years earlier. His establishment also doubled as a barbershop. The two men became fast friends and drank together. He eventually offered the stranger a shave. He agreed. The dying man claimed while he shaved the customer, he slit his throat open, and took his money. He even gave details of where he’d weighed the body down and sank it into the dark waterway. He claimed his crime was well-concealed. No one ever reported the man, or his money, missing. He said he didn’t want to die with murder on his conscience.
Did he actually commit a crime? No one ever knew. He died just a short time later. Authorities dragged the area where he said the body would be, but nothing was ever found. His name was not released out of respect for his family.