Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Cletus P. Reese Continued

June 1937--Cletus P. Reese, the man who murdered three people and buried their bodies on his family farm, seemed to be a normal young man while growing up in Nellie. Occassionally, you could find his name in the society page. For instance, he attended a birthday party for a Mrs. Wheeler where "cards were enjoyed and refreshments served". In December 1938, Cletus attended a Christmas dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Donaldson. Both instances, numerous people attended the celebrations. In May 1936, while working construction at the Mohawk dam, Reese received cement burns on his leg.

What was in young Cletus Reese's mind? Did he suffer delusions at these younger ages? Were soldiers marching across the fields of Murder Ridge? What caused this seemingly normal young man to end up in a psychiatric hospital in 1951?

(Source: Coshocton Tribune)


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