On September 19,1902, the body of a young woman turned up in a canal in Jersey City. Police identified the corpse as that of Anna Pulitzer, a married prostitute who lived on Broadway and West 46th Street.
Police fanned out to solve the crime. A crucial break came within days: They spoke to a coachman who recalled driving Pulitzer and an unknown young man to an apartment on West 58th Street.
That apartment turned out to be the home of John Willard Young, (above) the businessman son of Mormon founder Brigham Young
John Young was out of the country, but his son, William Hooper Young, had been staying there. Hooper Young, once a Mormon missionary, was now a drifter and morphine addict.
Cops traced Hooper Young to a park in Derby Ct. Drunk and dressed like a hobo, he admitted that Pulitzer died after he picked her up in a coach and brought her to his father's apartment.
But he blamed her actual murder, via an overdose of chloroform, on another man, someone he'd recently met in Central Park.
Hooper Young had a hard time convincing anyone he is innocent. First, police never located the other man. Also, Pulitzer's blood-splattered personal items, jewelry, and letters addressed to Hooper Young were found in a trunk he had shipped to Chicago.
In 1903, the grandson of Brigham Young pleaded guilty to second degree murder and got life without parole at Sing Sing, escaping the death penalty because the judge thought he was insane.
No motive was ever definitively uncovered, but it may have been robbery, or perhaps it stemmed from a romantic relationship the two had, which some suggested may have started when Hooper Young did his missionary work years earlier on the East Coast.