The story sounds like something out of a horror movie. The large cemetery, which sits in the midst of a city, is home to countless memorials – small, simple stones rest among the grand memorials, yet one statue seems to be watching over all the stones within the sacred grounds. As the sun sets, the … Continue reading Along the Way: Augusta Bitner
Note: I used the spelling Rachael because in the oldest version I found it was spelled that way. Most sources spell her name as Rachel. If there is an easy way to get to the Otterbein Church and Cemetery, the GPS unit did not know it. Getting off Interstate 70, we followed a maze of … Continue reading The Horseshoe Grave
Note: Although most modern accounts of the murder spell the victim’s name Louisa, I am using the spelling Louiza, the spelling as it appears on her tombstone and in most of the histories of the region. “Do you purposely find the roughest roads for us to travel on when you plan out our journeys?” Zech … Continue reading The Murder of Louiza Fox
I was talking with a friend the other day and the conversation turned to some of my recent travels. “I really enjoy reading where you’ve been and what you’ve experienced. It is like a game trying to figure out why you visit the places you do and where you are headed to next.” I humbly … Continue reading The Ballad of Frankie Silver
They were paving the parking lot of the church when I arrived at the Third Creek Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, North Carolina. With the lot unavailable, I pulled into the grass along the road and got out. I felt bad for the men laboring on the asphalt – it was barely eight and it was … Continue reading The Mystery of Peter Ney
“Have you ever been to Gardeau?” I asked, though I had already knew the answer. The day had been spent searching for elk in Benezette and then across the Ridge Road (located in Elk State Forest on the ridges between Routes 120 and 873) to enjoy the numerous vistas along the road before heading back … Continue reading Blackbeard’s Treasure in Pennsylvania?