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Little-known facts about Hex murder trial emerge

nrThe house where Nelson Rehmeyer, suspect witch, at the hands of three assailants in 1928. Also of interest: See additional stories and photos of the Hex Murder and trials.

Five quick notes about the Hex murder of 1928, back in the news because of the proposed opening of the site of the notorious York County powwow killing: …

1. Two writers have written book-lengths accounts of the murder: Arthur Lewis’ “Hex”, and Ross McGinnis’ “Trial of Hex.” Lawyer McGinnis’ comprehensive work is out of print, but available at several York County Library System branches.
2. The Hex case was the topic of a full-length Hollywood film, “Apprentice to Kill,” released in 1988 and starring Donald Sutherland. York native Howard Grossman, the film’s producer, returned home for the world premier at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center.
3. Famed defense attorney Clarence Darrow criticized the trial: “Our belief in capital punishment as a deterrent is just another form of witchcraft. Apart from the mass desire for revenge, there is a subconscious desire to rid ourselves of what we believe to be an evil person.”
4. A second grim event struck the Rehmeyer farm in 1930. A 71-year-old man was killed in a machinery accident. An engine stalled on a hill and a trailing baler crushed the man walking between the two machines. “Tragedy seems to haunt the Rehmyer farm …,” a newspaper reported.
5. Teenage defendant John Curry demonstrated artistic skills in prison. After a 10-year prison stint, he joined the Army and was assigned to Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s staff as a cartographer. He helped draft maps for the Invasion of Normandy in 1944 and designed a shoulder patch for Operation Overlord, the code name for the D-Day assault.
For previous blog posts with extensive photographs about the Rehmeyer Hollow house, see:
Powwowing: ‘… It was here, and it had many adherents … , ‘Powwowing was done for good’, Hex headache cure: ‘Tame thou flesh and bone’, Relative: Evil in Hex murder came from outside, Hex murder fascinating tale of mysticism, occult: Part 1, ‘Trials of Hex’ makes sense of notorious murder case: Part 2 , Little-known facts about Hex murder trial emerge, Hex murder compared to O.J.’s, Anna Nicole Smith’s cases, Hex house visit offers surprises, Visiting the scene of the crime.