17 May 2015

On This Day: Luzerne County murder solved

A two year old Luzerne County murder was sold On This Day in 1880. Two years ago an organ grinder named Gardena murdered his 10 year old daughter, Rosa. He then buried her body in the woods near Wanamac, in Luzerene County, near where he killed her.  

Gardena’s younger daughter, Pauline, was eight at that time and is the one who reported the murder to the authorities. She also asked for protection from her father, as she was scared for her life. 

Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 17 May 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.

On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.