Category Archives: crime

York County connections to the Conestoga Indian Massacre

I enjoyed an interesting talk this evening at the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area Zimmerman Center. Lancaster County journalist Jack Brubaker talked about his recent book Massacre of the Conestogas: On the Trail of the Paxton Boys in Lancaster County. I … Continue reading

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York County native said to have captured J. W. Booth’s horse after Lincoln assassination

I’ve already told the story of Edman “Ned” Spangler, son of a York County sheriff and one of the so-called “Lincoln conspirators.” With all the recent to-do about the John Wilkes Booth bobble-heads that were on sale several Lincoln-related sites … Continue reading

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Was Edman “Ned” Spangler Guilty in the Lincoln Conspiracy?

Ned Spangler, taken from a larger set of depictions of the conspirators Of what was Edman Spangler guilty? Tried together with seven others accused in the Lincoln Conspiracy, York native Edman “Ned” Spangler was not found guilty of conspiring to … Continue reading

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Ned Spangler’s Real First Name

Baptismal record, First Reformed Church, York, Pa. I have been heavily researching “Ned” Spangler for my next York Sunday News column. Spangler was one of the defendants in the Lincoln conspiracy trial. He drew the lightest sentence, six years of … Continue reading

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Lincoln Conspiracy and York–More on John Wilkes Booth and the Sherwood School

Probably Site of Sherwood School on 1888 Fowler Map of York My previous two posts were on the Sherwood School, also called Bland’s academy, a boarding school allegedly attended by John Wilkes Booth in the 1850s. Now, for the location: … Continue reading

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More on Lincoln Conspiracy Connections with York

Spengler/Spangler house, c. 1904 As I promised in my recent post on York and the Lincoln Conspiracy, below is more on the Sherwood School, where John Wilkes Booth was reportedly sent by his family for a time, probably as a … Continue reading

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York County Has Ties to the Lincoln Conspirators

Spangler house–reportedly the site of the Sherwood-Bland school There are two that I know of, and they are intertwined. One is Ned (Edmund, Edman, Edward) Spangler, the son of a former York County sheriff, who was the stage carpenter accused … Continue reading

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A Few Treasures Survived York’s St. Paul’s Lutheran Fire

Good Shepherd window at St. Paul’s My last post included my recent York Sunday News column on the great St. Paul’s Lutheran Church fire of 1939. A few treasures saved from the ruins can be seen at the present St. … Continue reading

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Alert York Detectives Catch Arsonist Who Torched St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

The story of the great 1939 fire at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of York and the capture of the arsonist reads like a mystery story. From an alert detective’s recognition of a smeared fingerprint left at the scene of a … Continue reading

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York Police First in Pennsylvania with Drunk-o-meter

According to a Gazette and Daily clipping I found in the files at York County Heritage Trust, in 1948 the York Police department was the first in Pennsylvania to acquire a Drunk-o-meter, a predecessor to the Breathalyzer. In 1948 there … Continue reading

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