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Capital Sin: Murder in Montgomery County

By popular demand, we are offering a second evening for this presentation to accomodate all of our visitors!


Join us for a presentation in our Making History Greater Series when Charles Kelly presents Capital Sin: Murder in Montgomery County. Mr. Kelly will review select murder cases and the trial outcomes that took place between 1877 and 1962 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Among the cases are

  • a still unsolved murder that took place in West Norriton Township
  • a murder-kidnapping that took place in Plymouth Township which predates but is very similar to the Lindbergh kidnapping of 1932
  • a murder for hire in Upper Merion Township which sent one man to the gallows
  • a West Pottsgrove Township murder of a wife by her husband
  • an Abington Township case that sent shock waves through that community because of the ages of the victim and perpetrator
  • a high society murder in Lower Merion Township
  • a presentation and review of the 1959 Maryann Mitchell killing in Whitemarsh Township which led to the execution of Elmo Smith

The talk will focus on the persons, places and things that make up the means, motive and in some cases the unexpected verdicts of these cases which have long faded from the minds and memories of today’s residents.

The Making History Greater series features scholars, authors, and historians who are currently working on telling new stories about the complexity of our region’s history. Capital Sin: Murder in Montgomery County will take place on Thursday, November 14, 2019. The evening will begin at 6:30 with a social gathering and light refreshments. The presentation will begin at 7:00 pm and last for about an hour with time for questions at the end. This program is free and open to the public.