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In the southwest corner of Pennsylvania, beyond the picturesque scenes of the Monongahela River Valley, there are long-forgotten mysteries of scandal and murder. Amid the hardship of life on the frontier of Washington County in 1795, young Isabel Stewart was found dead and her killer never identified in the oldest unsolved murder in the region. La Mano Nera (the Black Hand) gangs from Calabria, Italy, extorted and slaughtered their way into the 1920s as Sicilian-style vendettas became a common occurrence. The disappearance of local huckster Harry Lane in 1893 caused a flurry of murder conspiracies, yet all that could be found was a bloodied hat; it took another one hundred years before the mystery was solved. Local author Parker Burroughs details gruesome homicides and puzzling whodunits in Pennsylvania coal country.
About the Author
A. Parker Burroughs spent forty-five years as a newspaper writer and editor. He retired as executive editor of the Observer-Reporter in Washington, Pennsylvania, and has worked as a newspaper consultant in Russia and Ukraine. He is the author of Enter, with Torches: Recollections of a Grumpy Old Editor and Washington County Murder & Mayhem: Historic Crimes of Southwestern Pennsylvania. He and his wife, artist Alice McClenathan Burroughs, live in Washington.