Photograph of murder victim Ocey Snead and her firstborn. Ocey (born Oceana) was a 24-year-old woman who was drugged and drown by her own family in an insurance scam. In 1909, she was found floating dead in the bathtub, along with a suicide note that had been taped to the side.
“Last year my little daughter died. Other near and dear kindred too have gone to Heaven. I long to go there too. I have been ill and weak a very long time now. Death will be a blessed relief to me in my sufferings. When you read this I will have committed suicide. My sorrow and pain in this world are greater than I can endure. Ocey W.M. Snead”
Although it was apparent Mrs. Snead had killed herself, the family doctor wasn’t so sure. He knew that, for unknown reasons, her mother and aunts had always hated the young girl and wanted her dead. After a while, they confessed that they killed Ocey and made it look like suicide because they wanted to to collect $32,000 (equivalent to $850,000 in 2016) in insurance money.