On the afternoon of October 27, 1905, the elderly Mrs. Margaretta M. Todd nee von Hoffman announced she was going to take a ride in Central Park. Mrs. Todd donned a silk dress and lavish jewels. Bedecked with diamonds from among the estimated $25,000 worth of jewelry she hid in the secret compartment of her Louis XV table, she called for her carriage. When she failed to return to her home that afternoon, frantic searches throughout the city of New York did not reveal her whereabouts. Toward dawn, the answer was startlingly clear: Mrs. Todd had boarded a train to Philadelphia. And Mrs. Todd had died under suspicious circumstances.