It’s a warm Florida night, and the Bluebelle, a 60-foot, twin-masted sailing ketch began its return to Fort Lauderdale from the Bahamas. At around 9 p.m., 11-year-old Terry Jo Duperrault heads below deck to her sleeping quarters, leaving her parents, siblings, the ship’s captain, and the captain’s wife on deck. Approximately 2 hours later, she’s awakened by the sounds of heavy footfalls above, and her brother screaming and calling for his father. She decides to investigate and makes a horrific discovery.
This is the story of the “Sea Orphan”.
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