Category Archives: Hex murder

Thoughtful Tin Man ponders York, Pa.’s, past, present – and future?

Linked in/Neat stuff: ‘Hex Hollow – A Documentary Film’/Hotsy Totsy Tuesday A conversation in the York, Pa., Daily Record newsroom centered on this piece of art in downtown York. The upshot of the talk about this cross between ‘The Thinker’ … Continue reading

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This York County witch doctor schooled scientists about powwowing in early 1930s

York countian Jacob Zellers spoke to an American University class about ‘charms, cures and curses’ circa 1931. He made a distinction between powwowing and other ‘good influences’ and witchcraft and hexing, both ‘bad influences.’ A reporter sat in on the class, and this story appeared in The Philadelphia Record and other newspapers after the Hex Murder and its subsequent trials in 1928-29.

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Is this York County, Pa.’s most recognizable farmhouse?

The Avalong farmhouse, now Christmas Tree Hill, in Springettsbury Township. The Willis House near Prospect Hill Cemetery. Forry Loucks Mansion, now Lauxmont’s farmhouse. Those are a some recognizable farmhouses around York County, Pa. But this modest house might be York County’s most recognizable farmhouse, although it didn’t gain that fame from farming. It was isolated, located in a hollow in the county’s backwoods, but is known to many. Can you ID this place?

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A peek inside Hanover’s magnificent Sheppard Mansion

Many people driving by the Sheppard Mansion in Hanover, Pa., wonder what it this magnificent structure looks like inside. Well, the Evening Sun in Hanover heard such requests and offers an intriguing 16-photo gallery.

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Terrible Hex Murder of 1928, associated with Halloween, actually happened at Thanksgiving

This is my favorite photograph of the Hex Murder house, scene of the killing of a suspected witch in 1928. A trio murdered Nelson Rehmeyer, acting with the belief that he had cast a spell on one of them. This York Daily Record/Sunday News photo makes the house appear to be rising from the Rehmeyer Hollow field in southern York County, Pa.

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Hex Murder defendant John Curry’s artwork hangs in York County homes

John Curry was one of the York County, Pa., trio who killed suspected witch Nelson Rehmeyer in what became known as the Hex Murder case of 1928. After his release from prison, Curry became an artist, whose work is in the homes of several York countians.

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Utz Arena at the York Expo Center: We’ll get used to it – Linked in with neat history stuff, May 16, 2012

Toyota Arena at York (Pa.) Expo Center is becoming the Utz brand one letter at a time as suggested in this photograph, one of a series captured by York Daily Record/Sunday News photographer Paul Kuehnel. Hanover-based snack food maker Utz secured naming rights to this multi-use building at the old York Fairgrounds.

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Rita Mae Brown in York for Camp Security fundraiser: ‘We lose our history so fast in this country': Linked in to history, 4/18/13

Yorktownsquare.com covers Rita Mae Brown’s appearance in York on behalf of Camp Security, interest in the Hex Murder and the story of a Civil War drummer boy.

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Hex Murder witchcraft trials … ‘and they happened in York County': Linked in to York County, Pa., history, 3/27/13

It will be an interesting night in Glen Rock, Pa., when J. Ross McGinnis takes the podium in April to talk about the Hex Murder of 1928. McGinnis is an attorney with a gift for spinning a tale – only a true, terrible tale in this case. He will tell how three young assailants attacked suspected witch Nelson Rehmeyer to break a spell in a remote hollow not far from Glen Rock, Pennsylvania.

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Hex Murder assailant: ‘A genuinely nice guy and was a good employee’

People alive today knew one of the celebrated Hex Murder defendants of 1928, proving that York is the world’s largest small town

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