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Episode #44: Leah Ellenberger and Harry Ganster - Murdered (1924)

It's the story of the couple killed on the mountain by a single bullet ricocheting through both hearts - literally. Was the couple killed because of an ongoing battle? Were they in the wrong place at the wrong time? Or were they intentionally sought out?





Leah Ellenberger

Birth: 1902 - Death: 5/16/1924

Ethnicity: Caucasian - Sex: Female

Height: Unknown - Weight: Unknown

Hair Color: Unknown - Eye Color: Unknown

Hometown: Marysville, PA (Perry County) - Living in western PA


Harry Ganster

Birth: 1903 - Death: 5/16/1924

Ethnicity: Caucasian - Sex: Male

Height: Unknown - Weight: Unknown

Hair Color: Unknown - Eye Color: Unknown

Hometown: Marysville, PA (Perry County)


Crime Scene: A few miles into Cumberland County on Lambs Gap Road, Perry/Cumberland Counties, Pa.


Last Known Location Alive: In the fields near Lams Gap Road.


Injury Description: The bullet entered the right side of Harry, traveled through his body, shattering a mirror in his upper right vest pocket, entered Leah on her right side, and it ended in her left arm. Leah was sitting in the driver's seat of the vehicle. Harry appeared to be climbing into the passenger seat with his arms above the door.


Suspect Description: Unknown


Additional Information: Harry had a run in previously with moonshiners in the area when he photographed their illegal stills, resulting in arrests and one shiner shot in the leg. The alleged stills were not far from this area. Upon investigation, no stills were found in the immediate area.


DNA: Unknown


Fingerprints: Unknown


If You have any information, no matter how small the detail please contact the District Attorney’s office at (717) 228-4403 or PA Crime Stoppers at 1-800-262-3080. Remember you can always remain anonymous.


CASH REWARD: None


Sources

https://thepennsylvaniarambler.com/2019/01/21/the-lambs-gap-murders/

https://cumberlink.com/unsolved-murder-from-prohibition-era/article_aec622ab-d5bc-5bd9-81a6-ae4a5800035b.html

https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=MT19240517.2.19&e=-------en--20--1--txt-txIN--------1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/60150901/?terms=harry%20ganster&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/274671292/?terms=harry%20ganster&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/502536987/?terms=harry%20ganster&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/502536987/?terms=harry%20ganster&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/725353672/?terms=harry%20ganster&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/709353299/?terms=harry%20ganster&match=1

https://pubdev.silo.lib.ia.us/23349/1/Teacher%20qualifications%20for%20approved%20schools.pdf

https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/02/prohibition-in-central-pennsylvania-brought-mixed-results-in-first-months-joe-mcclure.html




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