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200-Year-Old Murder Well Lurks in Unassuming Soho Store

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In his latest adventure, Nick Carr of Scouting NY bravely enters the newly opened COS store at 129 Spring Street in Soho to check out a preserved well where a murdered lady was found in the 18th century. Racked has covered this before, but it's worth revisiting mainly because it's such an fascinating story: On December 22, 1799, a young woman named Gulielma Elmore Sands left her boarding home to elope with her secret lover, Levi Weeks. Eleven days later, she was found strangled to death at the bottom of the well. Weeks's subsequent trial became a media sensation, with Sands's family displaying her corpse outside of their home and distributing handbills claiming that Weeks had impregnated her. Weeks was controversially acquitted (his high-powered defense team included Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr) and fled the city, but the "Manhattan Murder Well" stayed. Forgotten for over a century, it was uncovered during a basement excavation in 1980, and remains in the building's current iteration, the clothing store, today.
· There's A 200-Year-Old Haunted Well In This Soho Clothing Store [Scouting NY]
· The COS Spring Street Store Is Totally Haunted [Racked]
· Oh Hell Yes: COS Opens Today at Noon! [Racked]
· Scouting NY coverage [Curbed]