Dark History of Penn's Woods II
Unusual Deaths, Crimes, and Hauntings in Southeastern Pennsylvania
Imprint: Brookline Books
192 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 16 b/w photographs
- October 2023
A sequel to the first Dark History book, Murder, Madness, and Misadventure in Southeastern Pennsylvania, this book features more true tales of the region's disasters, deaths and tragedies – offering readers a window into a macabre slice of history.
From the “coffin ships” that brought desperate European immigrants to American shores, to an explosion that took the lives of nineteen people, the Greater Philadelphia area has experienced its fair share of tragedy. Learn about the catastrophic fire that took the lives of nine ballerinas, investigate gruesome cases of murder for life insurance, and ponder the possibility that a Pennsylvania businessman appeared in ghostly form on a busy street the day before he died. Finally, one of the most puzzling cold cases in Pennsylvania history is finally solved after more than sixty years using forensic genealogy, while another unidentified little girl still waits for her own justice.
Praise for Darkest History Vol. I
“..the perfect book to keep you up all night."
"Throughout the book, [Green] iterates that she is writing about history that has been largely forgotten and ignored due to its dark nature. By bringing these stories to the light again, she has given her readers a great gift...”
Broad Street Review
“….a tribute to suburban Philadelphia weirdness, evildoing, and death.”
2 Bonfire of the Ballet Girls
3 City on Fire: The Week that Chester Burned
4 The God Principle: Dr. Ellwood Harvey and the Delaware County Doppelgänger
5 The End of the Line: The Byers Ax Murder
6 Reasonable Doubt: The Execution of Alexander McClay Williams
7 The Root of All Evil: Greed, Murder, and Life Insurance Swindles in Greater Philadelphia
8 The Root of All Evil: Black Widows and America’s First Serial Killer
9 Known But to God: The Boy in the Box, the Girl in the Suitcase, and Unidentified Remains in Southeastern Pennsylvania