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REMEMBER THE 844

Gentle hands remove the rope from her small body. Her fair hair cascades forward, dripping, revealing a pale, fragile neck. Her fine dress is ruined, and her little stockinged legs are crumpled beneath her.
This could be anyone’s daughter, dressed in her best for an eagerly anticipated day of picnicking with her working-class family. Instead, her hopes, dreams and very life vanished in the murky, cold Chicago River on one anguished summer morning.

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“At the very end of the Door Peninsula… there was that strait folks talked about… printed on maps as Porte Des Mortes. A watery graveyard of old sailing vessels. Memories of Indians, canoes, the French, schooners, white sails, storms, drowned sailors, lighthouses… foghorns singing mournfully over the depths.

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Johanna screwed up her face and glared at me as I tried for a third time to shoehorn her wriggling body into the bright yellow PFD from West Marine. It was only 11 a.m., and my 15-month-old’s first major boating experience was already starting to head south. I glanced at the Four Winns 378 Vista waiting for us at the fuel dock and gritted my teeth. There had to be a better way.

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