The Kelayres Massacre: Politics & Murder in Pennsylvania's Anthracite Coal Country

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Politics in Kelayres turned deadly on November 5, 1934. When Republican boss "Big Joe" Bruno sensed his grip on Pennsylvania's anthracite coal region slipping away with the night's election, he and a few family members opened fire on a peaceful Democratic parade passing Bruno's home. The carnage was shocking--five men gunned down and nearly two dozen other victims wounded but alive. Convicted and sentenced to the Schuylkill County Prison, Bruno quickly escaped, allegedly with help from the guard. It took authorities eight months to put him back behind bars. Author Stephanie Hoover delves into this true story of politics, murder and deceit.
ISBN: 9781626195479
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Pennsylvania
Series: True Crime
Images: 34
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Stephanie Hoover is a professional writer and researcher specializing in Pennsylvania history, genealogy and culture. She has written over two hundred articles for local and national newspapers and magazines. Stephanie is the author of "The Killing of John Sharpless" and "Philadelphia Spiritualism and the Curious Case of Katie King." She also owns and writes for Hauntingly Pennsylvania, Where History and Hauntings Meet, Pennsylvania Research and Prose "˜n Cons Magazine. She lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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