The Last Word: Christmas Eve, Cell Eight

A Drawing & A Mystery

The single piece of evidence in what may be the St. Louis Police Department’s oldest unsolved mystery hangs in the lobby of the department’s training academy. It is a stunning drawing of the crucifixion. The mystery is who drew it and why.

The story begins on December 24, 1930, a year into the Great Depression. At the time, it was not unusual for Police Headquarters in downtown St. Louis to open its doors to the homeless on frigid nights. Sometime that evening the Central District...

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W. E. Mueller is a retired marketing communications executive. He lives in St. Louis.

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