Jacob Glessner and The Murderous Minister

Grave of Jacob Glessner, Berlin I had never been in Berlin, Pennsylvania before. Entering town, I turned onto Main Street and soon turned onto Fifth Avenue. A short drive along the roadway allowed me to see the plot of old stones on the right side of the road at the corner of Fifth Avenue and … Continue reading Jacob Glessner and The Murderous Minister

The Ghost in the Jail: The Restless Spirit of Ralph Crossmire

Does Ralph Crossmire still haunt the old Smethport Jail? Roadwork was the thing on Route 6 west of Smethport. By the time I arrived in Smethport, I was ready to get out a stretch my legs – I had definitely been sitting too long. Parking near the courthouse, I wandered about the lawn reading the … Continue reading The Ghost in the Jail: The Restless Spirit of Ralph Crossmire

Unsolved: The Secret of the Neversink Skeleton

The Berks County Potter's Field The name “Potter’s Field” often gives a negative impression upon the burial grounds set aside for those who are buried within the plot of land. Many of those fields have been forgotten and have not received the proper care, leaving the identities of those interred there forgotten to the modern … Continue reading Unsolved: The Secret of the Neversink Skeleton

Unsolved: The Amber Lantern Massacre

Marker near intersection of Marinnier Street and Lincoln Drive, Hometown I arrived in Hometown – yes, the name of the community is Hometown – in search of a simple marker telling of an event that happened there in the summer of 1938. After making a couple of wrong turns and detours, I finally saw the … Continue reading Unsolved: The Amber Lantern Massacre

Unsolved: The Murder of William Donnelly

The grave of William Donnelly, Keller Cemetery Standing on the hillside, just south of Route 22 near the collection of houses known as Yellow Springs, is the Keller Church and Cemetery. Over the years, I had passed this location numerous times, but never realized it existed. Driving up the narrow, grassy road that clung to … Continue reading Unsolved: The Murder of William Donnelly

Unsolved: The Ghost of Gordon Mountain

Fog covered the mountaintops as Mike and I made our way southward towards the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in northern Berks County. Although we both knew finding any birds, raptors or otherwise, was nearly impossible due to the fog and rain, we were not about to let the bad weather keep us from our goal. Between … Continue reading Unsolved: The Ghost of Gordon Mountain