Manslaughter or Murder
Updated - 05032018
Manslaughter is the crime of killing an individual without intent or forethought but through negligence or disregard for their well-being. Murder is the crime of killing somebody intentionally and/or with prior consideration. For example, if a person shoots an intruder who poses a reasonable risk to their safety, the action is not a criminal act. If the same persons shoots an innocent party who they mistook for an intruder, the action is the crime of manslaughter. If a person deliberately lures an individual into their home with the intent to kill that person, the action is the crime of murder. This webpage is focused upon those individuals who were killed by a criminal act of another individual, whether the act was intentional or unintentional.
Kershner, Emil - "Found Dead in His Cabin with a Bullet in His Breast - - His Fellow Boatman Taken into Custody. - Auburn: The funeral of Emil Kershner took place from the residence of Geo. Mease. Deceased was 31 years and 4 days old, was engaged in boating on the Schuylkill (River) and made a trip to Reading (PA) and New Jersey. It is said he had considerable money just then. He was not seen about his boat and an investigation followed. He was found dead in his cabin with a bullet hole in his right breast and a revolver lying on the floor. It is suspected that his comrade performed the deed. He was taken into custody at that place...Interment in the old cemetery." - The Reading Eagle, Reading, PA Saturday, January 4, 1896 page 4. (Note: The "old cemetery" would be the original Auburn Public Cemetery located adjacent to Mill Street, Auburn, PA; however, there is no indication of his burial at this location so his grave may be unmarked).
Kramer, Daniel (and wife) - "On Monday night, a farmer named Daniel Kramer living near Auburn, Schuylkill Co. was brutally murdered and his wife nearly so. Kramer was found dead at some distance from the house, and Mrs. Kramer lay in the house with her skull fractured. The murder was committed with a heavy club, which was found. $800 or $1000 in gold was stolen and the house was ransacked. Two men Joseph Brown and Isaac Hammel (Hummel?) have been arrested for the murder and are in jail at Pottsvillle." (The Columbian newspaper, March 1, 1872) (NOTE: A subsequent article stated the wife was "fatally wounded").