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Tried Three Times

by Celeste Yost

 
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Based on a true story, a freak spring snow storm is the setting for one of the most abominable and evil crimes ever committed in the quiet central Pennsylvania town of Altoona. April 21, 1936 will long be remembered not only for the record-setting storm, but for the brutal slaying of three-year-old Matthew Karmendi at his motherís own hand. Follow the chronology of this heinous crime in the actual newspaper accounts and court transcripts from the initial apprehension and arrest of Margaret Karmendi and her lover, Roy Lockard, through their subsequent trials for murder.
  * Cover photos by Betsy Barron Fine Art Photography