9. Love, Bombs, and a Pennsylvanian Witch Murder


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It’s witchcraft and murder in small town America in this episode of Yesterday’s Chip Paper. In 1928, 60-year-old Nelson Rehmeyer is beaten to death and set on fire in his home in York, Pennsylvania. The culprit? A self-proclaimed witch doctor and his two (very) young accomplices. Plus, a scornful letter to atomic bombs and a love poem (or is it?) that’s making our heads hurt.

This is Yesterday’s Chip Paper, a fortnightly(ish) history podcast that looks at true crime, strange stories, bizarre letters and old poetry from the pages of historic newspapers. Every two weeks or so, transatlantic researchers Jim and Violet discuss a story they’ve found from historic newspaper archives across the world.

Archives used in this episode:

Newspapers.com http://newspapers.com/

National Library of Wales newspapers.library.wales/

British Newspaper Archive www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/

This week’s poem was from the Barry Dock News, 18th March 1892

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