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Maria Hunsicker Schneck
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Birth: May 16, 1814
Death: Nov. 19, 1875

Volume 4, Number 1, page 90, Saturday, November 27, 1875

The Schnecksville Murder. Nov 27, 1875

Some time on Friday afternoon, of last week, says the Allentown Morning Herald, Mrs. Maria Schneck, aged 62 years, the wife of Mr. Joseph Schneck, was murdered at the residence of the family, situated about two miles from Schnecksville, near Hollenbach's mill, Lowhill township. The circumstances of the murder are briefly these: Mr. Schneck, who had been away from home since noon on Friday, returned soon after five o'clock on that evening, and shortly afterwards entered the house of his nearest neighbor, Mr. Peter Schmick, and, in a state of great
excitement, informed him that some thing was wrong at his house. He said that when he reached home he expected to find his wife engaged in the preparation of supper, but was surprised to find everything dark and no sign of life about his home. He approached the house and called his wife, but there was no response. At this he began to be alarmed and suspecting something wrong, he went to the barn and hid his pocket book, and then going to the house he opened the
door cautiously, and went in, carefully feeling his way in the darkness. In the kitchen he stumbled over something on the floor, and reaching down became aware that a dead body was there. He touched the cold hand and thrilled with horror, in his excitement and fear he rushed from the house, terrified and amazed, to alarm his neighbors and get others to search his home
with him, and uncover the horror which the darkness veiled. Such was the story with which Joseph Schneck, pale and terrified, burst in upon the family of Mr. Schmick on Friday evening.

At once a company of neighbors was gathered, lights were procured, and in a body they proceeded to what proved to be the scene of a tragedy. And when they reaced Joseph Schneck's home they discovered this: Close to the churn at which she evidently had been at work, stretched on the floor lay the body of Mrs. Schneck in a pool of blood, while around the floor, the walls, the churn, a chair, were spatted and splashed with the dark red stains. She had evidently been
struck a number of times with some sharp, heavy instrument, and the face was battered and smashed beyond recognition. The arm and shoulder were bruised, the jaw and nose broken and with a terrible blow on the cheekbone, these were evidences of the fiendish brutality with which the lady had been beaten to death.

Searching the house, a desk in an adjoining room was found broken open, the drawers pulled out and the contents thrown about the floor. Mr. Schneck was
unable to say whether anything of value had been carried away, so that it is uncertain whether the murderer secured the booty he appeared by the condition of the desk to have been after. No weapon could be found at that time which seemed to be the instrument used for the preparation of the murder, but on Saturday morning there was found under a porch an axe, the blade of
which had been carefully washed, but the handle stained with blood, bore evidence of the terrible use to which it has been put.

Mr. Schneck had left his house, he stated, at eleven o'clock on
Friday morning, and had been engaged all the afternoon at the sale of property of his late brother at Schnecksville. None of the neighbors had seen anyone around the house during the afternoon, and though there were vague sories of tramps afloat, no one could be found who had seen strangers in that immediate neighborhood that afternoon. The hired man Acker was away, and for a time suspicion rested upon him, but he has been able to clearly prove an alibi, and the bloody deed so far must be catalogued as a "mysterious crime." Dr. W. P. Kistler made a very careful examination of the wounds on the body, and on the arrival of Squire Peter Gross an inquest was held at the house of Mr. Daniel Semmel. The Jury sat until the early morning of Saturday and then adjourned to meet again at eight o'clock, when they rendered a verdict that the deceased came to her death at the hands of some person or persons unknown to the jury.

Family links: 
  Susanna Best Hunsicker (1789 - 1859)
  Joseph Schneck (1809 - 1892)
  Nathan K Schneck (1838 - 1923)*
  Maria Hunsicker Schneck (1814 - 1875)
  Stephen Hunsicker (1816 - 1882)*
*Calculated relationship
Neffs Union Cemetery
Lehigh County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: IV 229
Created by: Judy nee Ritter Martens
Record added: Oct 22, 2009
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Maria <i>Hunsicker</i> Schneck
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