progress a few more steps you are behind the heavy curtain that divides
the inn where death lurked for many a guest. There sits the selected
well-dressed unsuspecting traveler of 1873. Before him, spread on a red
and white checkered tablecloth, is a place setting which has been prepared
for his eating pleasure. The wide plank floor is broken only by the trap
door under the table to the cellar pit
awaiting its next deposit (shown open in the above photo).
The pit was six feet square and
about the same in depth
with a large sandstone floor and stone-lined tunnel leading to the back of
the slaughterhouse for travelers. (The metal
bars have been added for all museum visitors’ safety). Splattered blood
found in the cellar indicated that the victims’ throats were also cut in
the dark cellar. Young John waits quietly in the corner behind the wagon
partition dividing the one-room murder house.