The rest of the torso came ashore near High Bridge. The legs showed up off the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
The body was that of a well-built man who had been alive just a few days before, according to the medical examiner. But who was he?
The gruesome details gripped the tabloids, who investigated the story along with the police.
Clues soon emerged, thanks to tabloid reporters bent on solving the murder—and selling more papers. The man had strangely soft hands, and his body parts were wrapped in a distinctive oil cloth with a red and gold floral pattern.
Workers at the Murray Hill Turkish…
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