In The Line of Duty: Cyrus Butler

Resting place of Cyrus Butler, Brookville Cemetery, Brookville Note: In order to avoid confusion, I’m going to use Lansberry as the spelling of the last name of Joseph. In the earliest articles about the death of Cyrus Butler, Joseph’s name is spelled Lounsberry. When his name appears in the 1875 newspaper trial transcripts, it is … Continue reading In The Line of Duty: Cyrus Butler

Unresolved: The Body in Seven Mile Narrows

In 1927, the remains of an unidentified man were discovered a mile east of the picnic area Growing up, it was common for my parents to take the family on day trips. One of the familiar trips would take us through Sugar Valley with a return homeward via Route 45 or 192. Both routes held … Continue reading Unresolved: The Body in Seven Mile Narrows

Unsolved: The Murder of Charles Hykes

Map of the murder scene, The Harrisburg Telegraph, March 4, 1929 In many places, it is recorded that murder cases never go cold. Despite these claims being used and repeated by authorities, the truth is many of them do go cold. As the years pass, murder cases tend to disappear from the newspapers and eventually … Continue reading Unsolved: The Murder of Charles Hykes

Unsolved: The Murder of George Marks

Grave of George Marks, Port Matilda Turning onto the roadway leading to the Port Matilda Presbyterian Cemetery, I immediately noticed the hillside ahead of me was covered with older graves. Those graves that clung to the steep hillside stood guard among the trees that had grown among the stones over the years. At one time … Continue reading Unsolved: The Murder of George Marks

Unsolved: The Murder of “Big Bill” Taylor

William "Big Bill" Taylor A heavy frost clung to the grass as I entered the sacred grounds of Charlottesville Cemetery. The small cemetery sits on the southern edge of Old Route 220, within a stone’s throw of Del Grosso’s Amusement Park, and I had to wonder how many people pass by it without realizing it … Continue reading Unsolved: The Murder of “Big Bill” Taylor

In the Line of Duty: Robert Probst

Officer Robert Probst, Highland Cemetery I was in Lock Haven’s Highland Cemetery to remember some of the notable people who rest on the hillside overlooking the county seat of Clinton County. I was joined on this trip by Mike, a good friend who was back in the area for a day of catching up and … Continue reading In the Line of Duty: Robert Probst