On June 17th 1926, the body of 22-year-old Sylvia Gaines was found on the shore of Green Lake in Seattle. The city was shocked. Who could have murdered this young woman so brutally?
Trigger Warning: Talk of suicide and sexual abuse.
As the investigation unfolded, horrible secrets were revealed as attention turned towards her father for this horrific crime. Did he murder his daughter? And does her ghost still haunt the shores of Green Lake, seeking justice?
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