The infamous case, which became known as the “Hex” murder, started Nov. 27, 1928. John Blymyer, John Curry and Wilbert Hess were accused of brutally murdering Nelson Rehmeyer in his North Hopewell Township farmhouse. Blymyer believed he had a spell placed upon him by Rehmeyer, who he called a witch doctor. The trial put York in the national spotlight.
Free, who now works as a filmmaker and editor in Los Angeles, said the chance to make a documentary about a true crime that happened near his hometown was irresistible. The witchcraft angle and the fact that the house is still standing are bonuses, he added.
Free’s mother went on the recent York walking tour of historic law offices. J. Ross McGinnis, attorney and author of “Trials of Hex,” helped guide the tour. That led Free to McGinnis, who he said has a wealth of knowledge about the Hex case.
The documentary project — titled “Hex Hollow” — is in its early stages, said Free. His goal is to travel to York County in July to get shots of the house, court house and cemetery. He’s also interested in lining up interviews with locals who have memories or connections to the murder and trial. Those interested can contact Free at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“They’re the ones that know the story best,” he said of people who are connected to the case. He added that the story needs to be told now, before all of those with first-hand knowledge of the Hex case pass away.