The Christmas Murder, Part Five: Testimony of Mary Hart

Henry Wehrli stood in the Tuscarawas County courtroom for his preliminary hearing in front of the Mayor of New Philadelphia as the prosecution brought forth witnesses who offered their testimony as to what happened the morning of Christmas 1890. What follows is the testimony of murder victim James Booth’s aunt, Mary Hart, based on contemporaryContinue reading “The Christmas Murder, Part Five: Testimony of Mary Hart”

The Christmas Murder, Part Four: Testimony of William Gribble

As Henry Wehrli stood in the Tuscarawas County courtroom for his preliminary hearing in front of the Mayor of New Philadelphia, the prosecution brought forth several witnesses who offered their testimony as to what happened the morning of Christmas 1890. What follows is William Gribble’s testimony based on contemporary press accounts. The first witness toContinue reading “The Christmas Murder, Part Four: Testimony of William Gribble”

The Christmas Murder, Part Three: The Capture

Henry Wehrli headed off into the woods on Christmas morning 1890 after fatally shooting James Booth. He took with him the murder weapon, some cash and a bottle of his beloved whiskey. He would not make it far before word got out about the murder and his effort to flee would be short-lived. “Good byeContinue reading “The Christmas Murder, Part Three: The Capture”

The Christmas Murder, Part Two

Henry Wehrli, William Gribble, and James Booth spent most of Christmas Eve 1890 drinking copious amounts of rye whiskey, eating oysters and arguing amongst themselves. By the time they all decided to go to their separate rooms, Henry and James were threatening one another with death while William attempted to stay out of the fray.Continue reading “The Christmas Murder, Part Two”

The Christmas Murder, Part One

While researching the life of New Philadelphia lawyer, judge and politician Abraham W. Patrick, a previous occupant of my home, I came across newspaper accounts about a murder on Christmas Day 1890. Abraham W. Patrick served with the prosecution during the murderer’s trial. It is a story worth telling. Our modern conception of the celebrationContinue reading “The Christmas Murder, Part One”