“Sure I Shot Him”: Murder on Panhandle #34

The State of Ohio was, and still is, crisscrossed with railroad tracks and routes. While the heyday of railroad passenger travel has long since left Ohio, in the early 20th century it was abundant. Those passengers often found themselves travelling through Tuscarawas County on their way to destinations east and west. Sometimes those trains wereContinue reading ““Sure I Shot Him”: Murder on Panhandle #34″

The Unsolved Murder of Antonio D’Alassandro

The story of America is a story of waves of immigration. During the late 1800s and the early 1900s that wave consisted principally of immigrants from central and southern Europe. These immigrants, in their search for a better life in America, brought with them aspects of their previous lives in Europe. Religion, language, culture allContinue reading “The Unsolved Murder of Antonio D’Alassandro”

Burned, Broken & Illness: The 1883 Winkler Family Tragedy

The development of heavy industry in Tuscarawas County in the 19th century led to an influx of immigration from all over the European continent. Among the immigrant families that relocated to the county was the Winkler family from Switzerland. Four brothers hoped to start a new life in America and bring the rest of theirContinue reading “Burned, Broken & Illness: The 1883 Winkler Family Tragedy”

Port Washington’s Stull Distillery (oh, and a murder)

I thought I would take a break from the Fallen Heroes series and look into something new. My neighbor and I enjoy a wee-dram of whiskey every now and then, so I thought I would look into early distilling in Tuscarawas County. I did not expect the examination of one early distilling operation to leadContinue reading “Port Washington’s Stull Distillery (oh, and a murder)”

The Christmas Murder, Conclusion: The Verdict

The evidence and testimony had been presented and heard by the jury. Judge Pearce provided his instructions to the jury and Henry Wehrli’s fate was in their hands. It would not take them long to decide his guilt or innocence. It was at 2 pm on Wednesday, May 27, 1891 that the jury in HenryContinue reading “The Christmas Murder, Conclusion: The Verdict”

The Christmas Murder, Part Ten: Henry Wehrli’s Side of the Story

Henry Wehrli’s trial began at the end of May 1891 and the testimony of the prosecution’s witnesses was the same as had been presented in the preliminary hearings shortly after the crime had occurred. What had not been heard was Henry’s version of events that were presented to jury during the trial itself. A note:Continue reading “The Christmas Murder, Part Ten: Henry Wehrli’s Side of the Story”

The Christmas Murder, Part Nine: The Jury

I had initially planned to look at the trial itself in this post, but instead thought I would present a little bit of information on the twelve men from Tuscarawas County who were selected to sit on the jury that would hear the murder trial of Henry Wehrli. These men represented a cross-section of theContinue reading “The Christmas Murder, Part Nine: The Jury”

The Christmas Murder, Part Eight: For the Prosecution

The men tasked with prosecuting Henry Wehrli were led by a member of one of Tuscarawas County’s most prominent legal families, James Graham Patrick. However had it not been for the participation of one man in the assisting the effort, Abraham W. Patrick, I may never have stumbled upon the odd case of the ‘ChristmasContinue reading “The Christmas Murder, Part Eight: For the Prosecution”

The Christmas Murder, Part Seven: For the Defense

The lawyers charged with defending Henry Wehrli were well-known local attorneys with roots and connections in Tuscarawas County. The task in front of them was to somehow defend a client who, according to preliminary testimony, had frequently spoken of, and threatened to, shoot the victim. Henry Wehrli’s defense team consisted of two attorneys, Philip S.Continue reading “The Christmas Murder, Part Seven: For the Defense”

The Christmas Murder, Part Six: Final Testimony and Charges

Henry Wehrli’s preliminary hearing continued on Tuesday, January 6, 1891 with the testimony of a few more minor witnesses. When the hearing concluded, Henry would learn what charges he would face when the trial began. What follows is the testimony of the other witnesses based on contemporary press accounts. Four more witnesses, none of whomContinue reading “The Christmas Murder, Part Six: Final Testimony and Charges”