“The Cain and Abel Murder Tragedy”


On that warm, early Sunday morning of august 11, 1941, Bruce Haddock strangled his younger brother, Kenneth, in a fatal dispute over the affections of a mysterious young woman called Lily Morgan. Lily simply strolled into town nearly three years before, reputedly only 16 years old at the time, as if from nowhere. She had no family or friends in town and no one knew who she was or where she came from, but by the time Lily turned 19, there were three young men dead and one later executed in the electric chair—namely, Bruce Leonard Haddock.

Before Lily came into their lives, the Haddock brothers were described by townspeople as very close; wherever Bruce was, Kenny was sure to be standing at his side, or at least somewhere nearby.

The exact circumstances behind the reason why Bruce would kill his own brother were never unearthed, and Bruce himself remained silent on the subject until his death on March 25th, 1942. The tragedy of the Haddock brothers soon became a tabloid sensation coined the “Cain and Abel Murder.”

A statewide search for Lily Morgan was organized by the city’s mayor, Lou Anders, and the state police, but the young woman was never found. However, the relative of a missing 16-year old girl named Melody Ann Fink, who disappeared about the same time Lily appeared in town, insisted the two girls were one and the same; until Lily’s behavior and personality were described, whereupon the relative denied ever knowing who this Lily Morgan was.
To this day, the true identity of the young woman known only as Lily Morgan remains a mystery.



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