Mrs. Elizabeth Dusenbury was committed to the Tombs. Around January 1, 1865, she had purchased rat poison and fed it to herself and her children. Two of her children died, but Mrs. Dusenbury survived. Thereafter she was committed to the Tombs. (Background: Water Witch Sinking of the Rate Probabilities, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, August 2, 2015.)
Was Mrs. Dusenbury to be buried alive? Picture an old courtroom presided over by an aged judge, born in 1802. “Thou hast murdered they children,” says the judge as a scribe with a quill pen records all on parchment. “Thou art committed to the Tombs!” Gasps and shrieks of horror erupt from those in the court room.
Really though the Tombs were officially known as the Halls of Justice. There have been four of these “Tombs” in New York City. The one to which Mrs. Dusenbury was committed would have been the first Tombs (image top), built in 1838 and extant until 1902. The building site had been created by filling in the Collect Pond, a freshwater pond that had once been the principal water source for colonial New York City. Filling in the Collect Pond resulted in swampy, foul-smelling conditions and the quick transformation of the neighborhood into a slum known as Five Points by the time construction of the prison started in 1838. 
The Five Points slum was the setting for Bill the Butcher and the Gangs of New York, portrayed in the 2002 film of that name, directed by Martin Scorsese.
There are strange things about New York City, for instance the belief that behind a wall of rocky sediment sealing off the westernmost 400 feet of the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel are two Civil War treasures: an 1830s wood-burning steam locomotive and the lost pages of John Wilkes Booth’s diary. One Robert Diamond has spent most of his life seeking the underground buried tomb which conceals the locomotive and the Booth diary pages. If found, Diamond reportedly believes these hidden gems of history would prove the mayor and other top ranking New York City officials conspired to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. 
The “sporting men” wanted to speculate (gamble) in gold. But the Lincoln government began taxing gold sales with settlements longer than three days to discourage speculation. It was then that, on October 12, 1863, Samuel S. Gilpin opened a “Gold Room” within his Merchants’ Exchange at 26 Exchange Place. Shoddy practices were involved. The sporting men placed their bets, hoping the Union would be defeated in battle and the price of gold would rise. If gold rose, the Greenback, lawful money owned by the American people and overseen by the U.S. Congress, would decline in value.  (Further background: Civil War Between Currencies, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, August 6, 2015.)
In the bowels of Manhattan, the “Federal Reserve” Bank of New York provides a “secure location” to store monetary gold reserves. “None of the gold stored in the vault belongs to the New York Fed or the Federal Reserve System. The New York Fed acts as the guardian and custodian of the gold on behalf of account holders, which include the U.S. government, foreign governments, other central banks, and official international organizations. No individuals or private sector entities are permitted to store gold in the vault.” 
If one central bank wants to buy or sell gold from a different central bank, the gold stays in the underground vault and is merely transferred from one cage to another cage. Can a central banker actually descend into this tomb of gold and see that no shoddy practices are going on? Whatever the case, Germany wants its 674 tons of gold back. As of January 16, 2013, Washington Post reported that Germany’s central bank will relocate 54,000 solid gold bars from deep underneath the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Banque de France in Paris to the vaults at the Bundesbank’s Frankfurt headquarters. 
“Almost half of Germany’s gold resides at 33 Liberty St., the headquarters of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 80 feet below street level in a vault that sits on Manhattan’s bedrock… The hoard, amassed during Germany’s postwar boom, had never been subject to a published bar-by-bar physical review by its owners.” 
Much information has been committed to “the Tombs”. On the surface, New York City hums along. But underground are a wood-burning steam locomotive, lost pages of John Wilkes Booth’s diary, shoddy practices, gold vaults which may be half empty, Wall Street machinations, and the New York “Federal Reserve”, of which we cannot get even an independent audit, much less the specific names of the individuals who own the “Fed”. That information, alas, is committed to the Tombs.
——- Sources ——-
 “The Tombs”, Wikipedia, August 8, 2015.
 “The Fight to Find John Wilkes Booth’s Diary in a Forgotten Subway Tunnel”, by Joe Kloc. Newsweek (online), June 10, 2014. http://www.newsweek.com/2014/06/20/tunnel-vision-254202.html
 “The Gold Room: 1862 – 1869”, by Tom Kalinke. http://www.sharelynx.com/papers/TheGoldRoom.php
 “Gold Vault – Federal Reserve Bank of New York”, http://www.newyorkfed.org/aboutthefed/goldvault.html
 “Why Germany wants its 674 tons of gold back”, by Neil Irwin. Washington Post, January 16, 2013.
 “Where Is Germany’s Gold? (Almost half of Germany’s gold is stored in vaults under the streets of Manhattan. Or is it?)”, by Vernon Silver. Bloomberg Business, February 5, 2015. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2015-02-05/germany-s-gold-repatriation-activist-peter-boehringer-gets-results