Join us for this Sand Lake Historical Society event: WHO KILLED HAZEL DREW? with Ron Hughes March 13th at 7PM. FREE Admission!
On July 6, 1908, pretty and popular Hazel Drew abruptly quit her job as a domestic servant; a job she loved and with a family that greatly respected and admired her. Five days later her body was discovered in a pond fifteen miles away. An autopsy was performed. An investigation began. For two weeks, detectives discovered one baffling clue after another. They learned that Hazel was not the person everyone knew her to be.
“Who Killed Hazel Drew?” by local author Ron Hughes chronicles the nearly three week investigation in upstate New York and examines the clues that left detectives and the media frustrated. They examined, among other things:
- A best friend that left town the same day Hazel quit her job
- A family that did’t fully cooperate with the investigation and was possibly concealing a closely guarded secret
- An eccentric uncle and a controlling aunt
- A missing purse
- Unexplained trips to big cities
- Mysterious letters destined to be destroyed
- An unidentified couple seen on a train
- A secret romance and engagement
Using primary sources and applying modern profiling techniques, “Who Killed Hazel Drew?” re-examines the century old murder and gives readers the opportunity to decide for themselves what really happened on that desolate mountain in 1908.