Archie Newton stepped off the river steamer in 1880 with a letter of introduction and a secret. Seeking refuge, the young Newton hoped for a new life on the Florida frontier. Samuel McMillan was a miserly Sanford bachelor who carried large sums of “greenbacks” and trusted no one. The ambitious Newton had his eye on purchasing McMillan’s profitable orange grove. But on his way back from Newton’s home one evening, McMillan disappeared, and he wasn’t seen again until his headless, mutilated corpse was pulled from a nearby lake. Newton’s trial was sensational and the evidence gruesome, and local legends grew of a headless ghost rising from the lake. Author Andrew Fink chronicles the twists and turns of this shocking story.