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baby's death 1970-72
Posted by: novak17272 ()
Date: November 03, 2016 12:15PM

It was Halloween night, in the 1970-71 on the 6700 block of S Kings Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22306 next to the St. Mark's Episcopal Church, a husband and wife are staying with family, not far from the old Ramsey House were ghost have been seen. The husband asked his wife not to go far away from the house, because some thing just didn't feel right, he kissed his wife and three kids good night, and off to work he went. The wife's sister-in- law said, I don't about you, but I am taking my kids to the other side of town, the wife go's back into the house, and asked her bother to keep a eye on the baby, he said he would. the wife and sister-in- law, took the other kids to the other side of town for Halloween. The bother falls asleep in a chair. next thing he knows, he is woken up by the baby's father screaming, at the same time the mother is come into the house, they run up the stairs, and sees the most horrifying site any one could see, the baby was laying in a pool of his own blood, some thing, some thing had bitten the baby's on the neck at the jugular vein and on the right hand and left foot, the husband thinking he saw the baby move, picked the baby and ran out to the car with his wife, and drove to near by Alexandria hospital, were the physician pronounce the patient dead. DOA. A Autopsy was conducted, to determine the cause and manner of the baby's death, It was thought to be giant sewer rat that killed the child.
and it was also found that Fairfax county told the land-lord he couldn't rent out the house because of rats... Fairfax county thought it best to keep this story out of paper as to no start a Panic. the county of Fairfax Fire Department, burned the house down. A new house sits now. This is a True Story because it happen to people in my family....

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Re: baby's death 1970-72
Posted by: fracturedfairfax ()
Date: January 10, 2017 01:22PM

Your story is based on a true incident.

Four-month-old Joseph Alexander died on October 31, 1972 in his house at 6738 South Kings Highway in Alexandria when he bled to death after being bitten by rats on his feet.

Joseph's parents, 25-year-old Evelyn and her 29-year-old husband James, lived in the house with their four children, as well as Evelyn's 38-year-old brother, James Locke, his wife and their five children. That's thirteen people, four adults and nine children, in a house health department inspector Marvin Reeves subsequently described as "dilapidated". Their rent was $30-$40 a week.

Evelyn took her two oldest children out trick-or-treating, leaving her brother to watch baby Joseph and her other infant, who was 15 months old. After she and the two older children, who were 2 1/2 and 5, finished trick-or-treating, she went to pick up her husband from his job at a Bethesda gas station, where he made $1.80 an hour working as a tow truck driver. Evelyn and James Alexander arrived home at about 1:00 a.m.

Evelyn first checked on the older baby, who was fine, but when she went upstairs to check on Joseph, he was already dead with a huge hole in his foot. The Alexanders took their baby first to the Fairfax County Police Department's Groveton substation, then to Alexandria Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:22 a.m. November 1, 1972.

The Health Department ordered the Alexander and Lock families to vacate the house, and ordered C. C. Grosso, who owned it, to call an exterminator to kill the rats. Instead, the condemned house was severely damaged in "a fire of suspicious origin" on the night of November 6, 1972.

The Alexander and Locke families were relocated to a hotel, then to houses in the Potomac Overlook Regional Park, where they were to be allowed to stay until January of 1973, which was long enough for public interest in the story to fade.

There was plenty of newspaper interest in the story, and I've cited the stories I used to write this article below.

  1. Shaffer, Ron. "4-Month-Old Infant Dies of Rat Bites." The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973): 2. Nov 03 1972. ProQuest. Web. 10 Jan. 2017.

  2. Shaffer, Ron. "Va. House is Vacated After Rats Killed Baby." The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973): 2. Nov 04 1972. ProQuest. Web. 10 Jan. 2017.

  3. "Rat-Infested House Burns." The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973): 1. Nov 07 1972. ProQuest. Web. 10 Jan. 2017.

  4. "Rat Victim Families Get Houses." The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973): 1. Nov 10 1972. ProQuest. Web. 10 Jan. 2017.

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Re: baby's death 1970-72
Posted by: Proud American ()
Date: February 07, 2017 08:50AM


None of those links work

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Re: baby's death 1970-72
Posted by: fracturedfairfax ()
Date: June 13, 2017 06:31PM

Proud American Wrote:
> ^^^
> None of those links work

All the links are on ProQuest. If you have a Fairfax County Public Library card, you can use the barcode to log into Proquest at http://search.proquest.com/barcode?accountid=34227&groupid=72504

Once you're logged in to ProQuest, the links work fine.

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Re: baby's death 1970-72
Date: February 02, 2023 08:31AM

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