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Lies Told Under Oath: The Puzzling Story of the Pfanschmidt Murders and of the Surviving Son-Victim or Villain?

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In 1912, a prosperous Illinois farm family-Charles; his wife, Mathilda; their fifteen-year-old daughter, Blanche; and boarding schoolteacher Emma Kaempen-were brutally murdered, the crime concealed by arson, and the family's surviving son, handsome Ray Pfanschmidt, arrested. He was convicted by the press long before trial. In Lies Told Under Oath, author Beth Lane retells ...more
ebook, 379 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by iUniverse, Inc.
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Ellen Parker
True Crime from 1912
In late September 1912, a father, mother, daughter, and the schoolteacher boarder are murdered at the Pfanschmidt farm outside of Quincy, IL. The bodies are discovered during a house fire, later believed to have been set a full day after the killings.
Suspicion falls on the remaining son – twenty years old, engaged to be married, and sliding into financial trouble.
Arson investigation, murder investigation, and forensics were sciences in their infancy at the time. Add an extend
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Shelly Itkin
This story will have you hooked from the very first chapter.
It mainly takes place in 1912 after a horrendous murder is committed. The Pfanschmidt. family was highly respected in the community.

Unfortunately, nobody would have predicted that four people would be found dead after a fire takes place in their home. Among the bodies uncovered we find Charles, his wife Mathilda, Blanche, their fifteen-year-old daughter and Emma Kaempen a schoolteacher all brutally murdered.

Ray their son was not found m
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Amy Hitchcock
That boy had a lot of nerve. I don't think he did it. You can tell the author did some serious research . Very well written.
Beth Mayfield-House
I'm not convinced that he's guilty but I do agree that he had an awful lot of nerve.
Tim Doyle
Slow at first, but by the middle to end, you're totally hooked!!
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