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Murder and Mayhem in York County

Murder and Mayhem in York County

by Joseph David Cress


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The unsolved 1878 murder of a young woman walking home from Hanover and a lethal 1901 love triangle in Chanceford Township that led to murder by strychnine are but two incidents in York County's history of deadly deeds and misdoings. While the 1969 York Race Riots are the most infamous instance of mayhem in the county, the strangest is perhaps the Hex Murder that left a North Hopewell Township powwow doctor a practitioner of the local folk magic dead at the hands of those trying to lift a curse. Follow author Joseph David Cress on the lonely country roads and harsh city streets as he goes on the trail of the body snatchers, hooligans and black widows of York County, Pennsylvania.

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ISBN-13: 9781609491888
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 07/13/2011
Pages: 125
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

Part I Bitter Divides

"One Common Ruin": The Negro Conspiracy of 1803 11

"Black.. White?Even": The Riot Murders 15

"We All Did": The Schaad Case 18

"Just Hold On": The Allen Case 23

Part II Fistfights and Firewater

"Theater of Their Unblushing Defiance": The Goldsboro Prizefight 31

' "Fatal Lack of Continuity": The Pleasureville Brawl 35

"The Frenzy of Terror": The Church Panic of 1907 41

"The Narrow Path": Last Call for "Peggy" Larue 46

Part III The Perils of Paramours

"Unsound Mind": Lost Loves of Johnny Coyle 52

"One Sorrow After Another": The People v. Ervin Spangler 58

Part IV Hell Hath No Fury

"Wickedest Creature": The Confession of Elizabeth Moore 64

"Blotting Out the Roses": The Winter of Kate Ness 68

"By Criminal Intimacy": The Black Widow Love Triangle 73

Part V Brutal Harvest

"Lunatic Fringe": The Hex Murder 80

"No Use Hiding": The Death of Officer Sowers 89

"Here Is a Warning": The Dietrich Family Tragedy 94

Part VI Unsolved

"Murder Hole": The Pigeon Hills Slaying 99

"Wrapped in Horror": A Crime Scene Sketch 103

"This Darkest of Mysteries": The Murder of Gertrude Rudy 109

Bibliography 115

About the Author 127

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