The Chemical Christmas Murder


A Reading from America’s Historic Newspapers

New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, Christmas Day, 1937
The press said that Charles Mobley had been drinking some whiskey during the day and he went berserk after drinking two glasses of beer. Mobley didn’t seem drunk to the patrons of Doc’s Place when he stopped in for a Christmas day nightcap, and he only had the two glasses of beer before he started shooting up the place. Was he drunker than he seemed? Or was he under the influence of something else?

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1937 victim
The victim: Leonard “Doc” Frownfelter

1937 model

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The building today, via Google maps

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Brutes Fought to the Death

Cincinnati Enquirer, December 12, 1892

“Yesterday’s News”

Recorded live at Miami University Downtown, December 10, 2015.

December 10, 1892: More than 150 Cincinnati and Dayton “sports” gathered at an empty warehouse for a dogfight, Club vs. Bones. A saloon keeper organized the event, so the crowd was well-liquored, and soon it wasn’t just dogs fighting. Then one of the bartenders took a bullet in the face. Was it a stray from the gun of his father-in-law, said saloon keeper, or deliberate murder? Taken from the pages of the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Hamilton (Ohio) Daily Democrat. Illustration from Cincinnati Enquirer.

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