Ford Investigates Strange Death Of Pretty Young Boston Socialite
Discolored pieces of flesh and bruised organs were cut from the dead body of Mrs. Mary C. Bridges and sent to the Department of Legal Medicine yesterday as police attempted to clear up the mystery surrounding the Boston socialite's recent drowning.
Mrs. Bridge's fully clothed body was found floating in Lynn Harbor late Wednesday afternoon. An autopsy showed death by drowning, although several portions of her body were cut and organs in her throat damaged.
Medical examiner Joseph DiClerico said the marks may have been caused by driftwood. At first, the police accepted Mrs. Bridges' death as suicide, but later learned she was an excellent swimmer. Her husband and friends say she had no reason to commit suicide. Also, witnesses claim they saw a blue Cadillac convertible similar to Mrs. Bridges, with a man and woman in it, near the scene of the crime.
Dr. Richard Ford, head of the Legal Medicine Department, said last night that none of the pieces of skin or organs showed anything unusual. The marks could have been caused by someone trying to hold her under water as she struggled or by rocks on the shore of the bay.
Chief Inspector Charles Duggan of the Lynn police force also disclosed yesterday that only one of Mrs. Bridges' shoes has been found. It was in her car, which was parked some distance from where police decided she entered the water.