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Ghost of strangled boy once haunted historic cabin in Jumonville

Just east of Uniontown, in Fayette County, is Jumonville, famous for its 60-foot-tall cross which protrudes from the top of Dunbar's Knob. Built in 1950, the enormous cross is visible from a distance of fifty miles on a clear day, and can be seen from three states. Jumonville is also home to a Methodist retreat center, which sits on the site of an old orphan's school that was created by the state of Pennsylvania to care for the children of Civil War soldiers killed in battle.

In the late 19th century there was another point of interest that made Jumonville famous-- a  mountain shack haunted by the ghost of a boy who was strangled to death.

In early January of 1896 the surrounding towns and villages were buzzing with rumors of a peculiar haunted cabin in the woods near Jumonville, and a party of volunteers decided to pay a visit to the shack and see if the rumors and legends were true. Many volunteered, but as the appointed day of the investigation grew nearer, most of the folks…
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A peculiar haunting in Lewisburg

After Elizabeth Searles passed away on August 9, 1889, her body was taken to the undertaker. But strange things began to happen once the undertaker, William Ginter, attempted to embalm her body. The following strange story appeared in the August 16, 1889 edition of the Carlisle Sentinel.


Head severed by circular saw

The suicide of Hugh Malone, from the Dec. 2, 1911 edition of the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader.

A Shenandoah cemetery suicide

The above clipping is from the September 19, 1921 edition of the Mount Carmel Item. Below is another clipping of the same event, from the September 22, 1921 edition of the Pittston Gazette.


Natalie, Pennsylvania: A Murderer's Paradise

When a miner named Michael Wanzie was murdered in June of 1905, it was evident that something wasn't quite right in the tiny village of Natalie. Although the scenic mountain village had a population of less than two hundred, the slaying of Michael Wanzie was the fourth murder committed in the village in less than a decade.

By 1924 the population had nearly doubled, thanks to a building "boom" that saw the construction of 40 new homes during the preceding year by builders employed by the Colonial Collieries Company, owners of the Natalie Colliery. Twenty of these homes, many of which still stand today, were built by the Evert Construction Company of Kulpmont. In 1923 there were 56 homes in the village, housing 375 residents. By April of 1924 that number would swell to just under 400 residents and 93 homes.

Although the building boom lent a measure of respectability to the village, Natalie was still imbued with a notorious reputation as being one of the most lawless places …

The Great Pocket Knife Duel of 1909

From the September 7, 1909 edition of the Wilkes-Barre Time Leader.

The strange journey of a human skull

This strange story appeared in the Altoona Tribune on Nov. 7, 1895. I'm not quite sure which part of the story is more unusual-- that a man found a human skull and thought, "Neato! I gotta show this to my wife!" or that the wife tossed out the skull like it was a carton of spoiled milk. Either way, you can't help but feel a little bit sorry for the poor skeleton. So much for resting in peace.