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Rehmeyer’s Hollow Hex Murder House” folklore persists for more than 80 years


WGAL news reporter reports on the Rehmeyer’s Hollow.The hollow is named for Nelson Rehmeyer, the man who lived in a small, two-story wooden house, tucked away in the woods of an area now known as Spring Valley Park. The house still stands today. It’s the place Nelson was murdered on Nov. 27, 1928.

http://www.wgal.com/entertainment/tales-of-witchcraft-spells-murder-surround-rehmeyers-hollow/35745766

Three members of the Pennsylvania Dutch community found themselves in a simultaneous rut of bad luck. They believed themselves to have been hexed by one Nelson Rehmeyer. Hex-clearing called for the burning of the alleged witch’s spell book. What started as a visit to retrieve the book turned into one of the country’s most sensational murders. On November 27, 1928, the three men strangled and beat Rehmeyer to death when he refused to comply with their demands. In an effort to cover their crime, they tried to burn the house down. But, the fire died quickly, leaving plenty of evidence pointing to the killers. It is said that the spirit of Nelson Rehmeyer haunts Rehmeyer’s Hollow, also called The Hex House, which opened as an historical exhibit in 2007.

Lore has it the spirits of violent crime victims remain after their corporeal existence has ended. These murder houses literally have personalities all their own.

“THREE KILL MAN AS WITCH” read the front-page headline of the Harrisburg Telegraph on Nov. 30, 1928.

It was on the front page of the Harrisburg Telegraph and The Patriot for weeks, having captivated the midstate. Powwow doctor Nelson Rehmeyer had been brutally murdered in his home in Stewartstown by three men who claimed Rehmeyer had put a hex on them. The murderers had set a fire around his body, hoping to burn the house down and all the evidence of their crime with it. But the fire never spread and days later the body was discovered. Confessions poured forth shortly after. http://www.pennlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2013/10/hex_hollow_murder_house_open_t.html

After years of bad luck and illness, Rehmeyer’s neighbor, John Blymire, began to suspect that he was cursed and sought a supernatural solution.

After years of bad luck and illness, Rehmeyer’s neighbor, John Blymire, began to suspect that he was cursed and sought a supernatural solution.

After years of bad luck and illness, Rehmeyer's neighbor, John Blymire, began to suspect that he was cursed and sought a supernatural solution.

The “book of spells” the river witch was referring to was The Long Lost Friend, written by the German John George Hohman in 1870. Also titled Pow-Wows, it contains a collection of ancient German spells, healing rituals, and even recipes popular among the Pennsylvania Dutch.

The "book of spells" the river witch was referring to was The Long Lost Friend, written by the German John George Hohman in 1870. Also titled Pow-Wows, it contains a collection of ancient German spells, healing rituals, and even recipes popular amongst the Pennsylvania Dutch.

The house that sits on Rehmeyer’s Hollow is still maintained by the Rehmeyer family and is said to be haunted. A tour is offered of the family’s home and belongings, which includes a clock that stopped at 12:01 a.m back in 1928. This is the exact time that Nelson Rehmeyer returned to whatever dark master he served (or so the legend goes).

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  1. awesome story, this was down my way in PA, it’s actually true. They had out the book, HEX, many years back about it all. I’ve been by the house a few times. Powwow was a big thing that some people’s grandparents practiced it and they swear by it! I haven’t seen younger ones really follow the practice. The German PA Dutch were a big part of the population, I have the Irish blood from my mom, they settled also in the area.

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    Posted by spiritualwalks | November 1, 2015, 6:59 pm

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