Murder in Conestoga Creek


Telling classic tales of historic scandals, scoundrels, and scourges from newspaper accounts in the golden age of yellow journalism.

The Crocodile Tears of Calvin Dellinger

Early one brisk fall morning in 1888, a group of railroad men spy the drowned body of Mary Catherine Dellinger on the bank of Conestoga Creek in rural Pennsylvania. The evidence is thin and circumstantial, but it all points to her husband, Calvin, who expertly plays the part of the grieving husband, but  his history of cruelty to women leads to a different conclusion. There’s a coda to the murder story that takes place thirty years later, when Calvin Dellinger again gets into trouble for playing with dynamite. Literally.