the manhattan well murder

The Manhattan Well Murder

Join us this week as Kim takes us through Elma Sands’ well murder in the middle of Manhattan over 200 years ago, and hear about the first ever murder trial in US history, as well as the spirit that still haunts the well today.

“Murder is bad. Just don’t do it.”

Kim Douthit, Maven of Murder

Elma Sands’ story is an unfortunate one, and is infamous by the title of the Manhattan Well Murder. Who really murdered her? And did her untimely death cause her to haunt the place where the well still stands today?


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Scout, “There’s a 200-Year-Old Haunted Well in This SoHo Clothing Store,”, Scouting New York, 5 January 2015, .

Melton, Jr., Buckner, “Levi Weeks Trial: 1800,”, Cengage, 30 November 2019, .

“Wells Are Deeper Than You Know: Elma Sands,”, InsideOut Tours, 22 April 2019,

Roberts, Janey, “Manhattan Well Murder & The Ghost Stories That Followed,”,, 2017,

n.a.,, Farmer’s Museum or Literary Gazette (Walpole, NH), 20 Jan 1800,

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Edited/Produced by Gabi Fiore
Research/Execution by Kim Douthit
Music by Dan Moretti 

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