Beanery Online Literary Magazine

November 9, 2009

Ghost on Laurel Mountain (PA)

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

GHOST ON LAUREL MOUNTAIN (PA)

Diana Hunt

     The greatest Allegheny County scandal at the start of the 20th century involved a woman connected to Laughlintown, Pennsylvania, three and a half miles east of Ligonier.

     On April 12, 1901, an attempted burglary and a murder were committed in a store and the adjoining home of Thomas Kahney, in Mt. Washington, a part of Pittsburgh overlooking the city from high atop the hills. The crime was committed by (more…)

June 24, 2009

The Execution of the Reincarnated Edgar Allen Poe

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THE EXECUTION

OF THE

REINCARNATED EDGAR ALLEN POE

R. D. Carpenter

 

            “Father, you are the dignitary of the church responsible for the confessions of the condemned, are you not?  You come at such a late moment. I assume your late arrival to be a trepidation resulting from your callow experience with matters of such necrology.

            “Father, I can infer by your face—your sweet, innocent, and surprisingly young face—that my behavior confounds your senses, your genial innocence, your intellectual curiosity. Be not hesitant in your inquisitiveness, indulge your hunger and feast upon my depth. Allow me to evince my predicament for your extrapolation of the said enigma before you.     

“At first the beast existed only in (more…)

August 5, 2008

SHOULD INFORMATION ON AN ALLEGED CHILD ABUSER BE PUBLICIZED?

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SHOULD INFORMATION ON AN ALLEGED CHILD ABUSER BE PUBLICIZED?

While writing for newspapers in various communities I developed a relationship of trust with a key local officials, including law enforcement officers, emergency medical professionals and Army National Guard leaders. As a result, they often confided information to me, “off the record.”

In one case I heard about a serious threat made by a young man, who stated that he intended to visit the local diner and commit suicide, taking five others with him. Because it was told to me in confidence, I had no choice (more…)

April 23, 2008

BUTLER STREET

—written by Regina (Butler Street was my first piece of writing)

Still dazed by what had transpired before me, I leaned over the kitchen sink and ran cool water over the rags I had gathered while I asked the woman to be seated. Under the circumstances, I was amazed at how calm I felt and suppose I may have been in shock. But there was little time to think of myself as I stared at the woman in the dining room, crying, her faced streaked with tears and blood asking, “Why is this happening?”

I could not answer her and recalled just three months prior asking myself the same question (more…)