Murder & Mayhem in Cumberland County

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From the horrific Enoch Brown Schoolhouse Massacre of 1764 to settlers who hunted local tribes for a bounty, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, has long had a violent and bloody history. As more people came to the region, murder and mischief of every kind only multiplied. Local author Joseph David Cress explores the dark side of history, from little-known cases such as that of Sarah Clark—who became the first woman hanged in the county after she poisoned a family to dispatch a romantic rival—to high-profile crimes ...
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Overview

From the horrific Enoch Brown Schoolhouse Massacre of 1764 to settlers who hunted local tribes for a bounty, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, has long had a violent and bloody history. As more people came to the region, murder and mischief of every kind only multiplied. Local author Joseph David Cress explores the dark side of history, from little-known cases such as that of Sarah Clark—who became the first woman hanged in the county after she poisoned a family to dispatch a romantic rival—to high-profile crimes like the shocking 1955 courtroom slaying that left one person dead and three injured. Join Cress on a hair-raising walk down Hell Street as he investigates the underbelly of Cumberland County.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596298842
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/23/2010
  • Series: Murder and Mayhem Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,467,045
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph David Cress is an award-winning journalist with almost twenty years of full-time newspaper experience. For eleven years, he has worked as a staff reporter with the Sentinel in Carlisle. His first book, Remembering Carlisle: Tales from the Cumberland Valley, was released in November 2009. Murder & Mayhem in Cumberland County is his second book with The History Press. Cress lives in York, Pennsylvania, with his wife Stacey, dogs Dottie and Rosco and cats Chewie and Boone.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

Part I Blood for Blood

"The Greatest Melancholy": The Pontiac War 11

"A Perfect Holocaust": The Enoch Brown Massacre 17

Part II Suffer the Children

"The Fierce Indignation of Heaven": Teen Slave Child Killer 23

"What...Fiendish Cause": The Brushtown Tragedy 27

"A Soft Tish, Tish, Tish": The Babes in the Woods Mystery 31

Part III Gallows Ground

A Most Dastardly Pursuit: The Murder of David Musselman 39

"Hell's Fire Fury": The Execution of Ed Donnelly 43

"A Life for a Life": The People v. Charles Salyards 49

Part IV Hell Street Blues

"Peace to His Ashes": The McNamara Murder 57

"No Earthly Tribunal": The Gambler Who Wagered the Truth 60

"The Advent of Thieves": Tensions with the Military 62

"Scene of Terror and Confusion": The Riot of 1867 67

Part V A Taste of Malice

The Bitter Bread of Jealousy: The Case of Sarah Clark 73

"Political Clarification": The Case Against Paul Schoeppe 75

"Cruel and Fatal Work": The Death of Mary Kiehl 80

"A Struggle for Supremacy": The Candy Man Cadaver 84

Part VI Cold Cases and Trials by Fire

"Lead Kindly Light": The Moonshine Murders 91

"Magic Ball and Triggerman": The Courtroom Slaying of 1955 95

"Blood on Their Hands": The Murdered Madam 103

"Something Had to Give": The Camp Hill Prison Riots 109

Bibliography 115

About the Author 127

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