Pennsylvania Genealogical & Historical Research
Stephanie Hoover, Author & Researcher
Coming Fall 2013
Spiritualism in Philadelphia and the Case of Katie King
A story of faith and fraud, and how easily we’re all fooled.
The History Press
John Sharpless answered a knock on his door. Less than an hour later he was found in his barn, dead from a vicious blow to the back of his head. His bloodstained hat lay next to him on the ground.
A $3,000 reward sparked an overzealous manhunt across southeastern Pennsylvania and numerous innocent men were arrested. Samuel Johnson - a local African American man with a criminal record - was charged. Despite the Widow Sharpless's failure to identify him as the man who came to her door, Johnson was convicted and sentenced to hang.
The Killing of John Sharpless offers an in-depth investigation of this fascinating 19th century murder and profiles a miscarriage of justice perpetrated by a corrupt police force and abetted by the questionable ethics of the judge in the case. It also details the selfless efforts of the Quaker community - and thousands of others - to save Johnson's life.
Look for The Killing of John Sharpless in bookstores and online book retailers in Spring 2013, or, visit The History Press to purchase a copy.
The Killing of John Sharpless:
The Pursuit of Justice in Delaware County
A 19th Century true crime story based on a shocking Delaware County, Pennsylvania murder.
By: Stephanie Hoover
Publisher: The History Press, April 2013