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Burke’s Coldest Case: The Murder of Eva Roy
On August 6, 1918, Fairfax County was rocked by the brutal murder of 14-year-old Eva Roy at Burke’s Station. The murder and ensuing investigation were headline news in all the D.C. newspapers. The criminal investigation was botched from the start, with evidence ignored, destroyed, and (allegedly) planted under the mattress of a suspect. Burke woodchopper Lou Hall was arrested and tried twice for the crime. Another man, Ben Rubin, confessed to the crime, but later recanted and escaped from jail. Private detectives, including a future FBI Director, were brought on the case, but were unable to solve the crime. Both Hall and Rubin were eventually acquitted, and the murder was never solved. Eva Roy is buried in the Lee Chapel Cemetery.
- Monday, October 16, 2023
- 7:00pm - 8:00pm
- Burke Centre Meeting Room 116, Burke Centre Meeting Room 117
- Library Branch:
- Burke Centre Library