The Killing of John Sharpless: The Pursuit of Justice in Delaware County

Hoover, Stephanie

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Synopsis: 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.

About the Author: If you include her third-grade poem published by the Hummelstown Sun, Stephanie has been working as a published writer since 1967. Traditionalists, however, would likely say that Stephanie's professional writing career began in 1984 when she was hired as a stringer by the long defunct Pennsylvania Beacon. Since that time she has amassed more than 200 bylines in local, regional and national publications and has been retrained by several network television shows to conduct historical and genealogical research.

A lifelong Pennsylvania resident born within smelling distance of the Hershey Chocolate Factory, Stephanie specializes in topics relating to the Keystone State. The Killing of John Sharpless is her first book and encompasses all three of Stephanie's passions: Pennsylvania, history, and true crime.

Stephanie lives in the Capital Region of the state with her husband, two dogs, two cats (the brains of the operation) and an adult son who "moved out" but returns regularly for dinners and to do a quick load of whites. When not writing or researching for editors or paying clients, she writes and researches Hauntingly PENNSYLVANIA™, her own history site, for free.

Contact Stephane via her web site, StephanieHoover.com.

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