The Last Word: Christmas Eve, Cell Eight

A Drawing & a Mystery

[This piece originally appeared in the December 20, 2013, issue of Commonweal.]

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...

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

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