Tuesday (June 12) marks the anniversary of one of the most ghastly murders in Pike County Missouri history.
The case featured a horrifying scene, multiple trials, a gubernatorial pardon and a mysterious ending.
Twenty-five-year-old music teacher Abbie Summers of Quincy was stabbed to death by one-time suitor Ambrose Coe.
It took place in 1870 at a boarding house in the tiny town of Ashley Missouri. Coe reportedly struck Summers so hard that her spine was broken.
It took three trials before the defendant was finally convicted and given a life sentence, but he was pardoned by Missouri Governor Albert Morehouse eight years later.
Newspaper accounts differ on the killer's fate. One says he lived a quite life in Chicago. Another says he killed three people in Kansas before committing suicide.
One thing is clear, however. The house where the murder took place still stands, and it's still occupied.
Abbie Summers was a music teacher at Watson Seminary in Ashley, Missouri, at the time of her murder. A marker shows the location of the long-shuttered school.