This story has been retold based on letter and diary entries from Lucile Layden, Robert Layden and Andrew Layden. Some of the story is based on the activities of one of Lucile's maids, Nancy Kelson.
The cries of a child, a baby, rang out clearly and sharply into the night. The snow outside whirled around, engaged in a dance of freedom. The cold air froze the very hearts of those outside and it did mine. The baby I hled in my arms was that of Elizabeth Berry. She was on her bed and beads of sweat still glistened on her face even though she was dead. Elixabeth was dead and along with it was the Berry family name. The reason for this was that the child in my arms would not live for very long. All of the fortunes of the Berry family would go to me and I would become safe, rich and secure and who knows. Some day I might become a husband and a father.
"Hello Lucile. My beautiful baby daughter." Lucile raised her fist into the air and punched me in the face as hard as she could.
" You are a smart one. It's too bad that you won't live for much longer. You would have become a daughter I could be proud of. I might not have to kill you. What do you say to that?" Her reply was unmistakably clear. She squirmed in my arms and kicked her two tiny legs out with the most strength she could muster into my gut.
"Then again. You would be too much of a liability to me if you were alive." I placed Lucile onto the bed next to her mother's lifeless body. I walked out of the room and came back moments later with a cloack fastened tightly and I lifted Lucile up into my arms again. She began to murmer softly as I ran out into the icy cold of the night. She was wrapped in a small bundle of bedsheets and as the cold hit her she began to shudder in my arms and so did I. I finally reached my destination and I felt my cloack whip around me as I dropped the baby into the icy cold water of the river. I watched as a hrill scream was realeased as Lucile rounded a corner. I stood there, watching the rivers waters rushing past me then I dissapeared into the darkness.