In March 1856, a dead body washed onto the shore of the Mississippi River. The body belonged to a man who had been a passenger on the luxurious steamboat known as the Ohio Belle, and he was the son of a southern planter. Who had bound and pitched this wealthy man into the river? Why? As reports of the killing spread, one newspaper shuddered, "The details are truly awful and well calculated to cause a thrill of horror." That description was too much for Kentucky Historical Society advocate Stuart W. Sanders to ignore. Drawing on eyewitness accounts, his new micro-history, Murder on the Ohio Belle uncovers the mysterious circumstances behind the bloodshed. It's a story of double murders, secret identities, and hasty getaways -- that reveals the bloody roots of antebellum honor culture, classism, and vigilante justice.