Death of Two…In Home of Priest…A Deep Mystery…

Posted: October 5, 2013 in 1930s, Strange and Bizarre

August 21, 1932, New Haven CT

Mystery surround the death of Miss Lavinia Moran, 89 year old teacher found dead in the bedroom of St. Louis Catholic Church rectory. Her  partially clothed body was found at the same time that the Pastor, Father Joseph P Cournoyer was found in his garage, killed by carbon monoxide poisoning.

The mystery deepened as further examination of Miss Moran’s body was ordered. The coroner refused to put forth any theories on the deaths or say whether the 43 year old priest died accidentally. Search for Miss Moran’s missing dress proved fruitless. The room bore no signs of a struggle. An autopsy confirmed that both Miss Moore and Father Joseph died around the same time, several days ago.

priest found dead


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