Rehmeyer's Hollow

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Rehmeyer's Hollow, also known as Hex Hollow, is located in Central Pennsylvania (York County) near the Maryland border. The area was brought to national attention by a murder that occurred there in 1928. The name of the hollow was later changed to Spring Valley County Park.

Murder of Nelson Rehmeyer[edit]

In 1928, John Blymire believed that he had been cursed by Nelson Rehmeyer, and broke into Rehmyer's home to find Rehmyer's 'spell book'. He and his accomplices (who likewise felt victimized by Rehmeyer) were unable to find the book, but did find Rehmeyer himself, whom they killed and mutilated in hopes that this would lift the curse. The resulting trial drew substantial media attention.[1][2][3]

Rehmeyer's house where he was murdered still stands on Rehmeyer's Hollow Road. Many locals believe it to be haunted. Teenagers can usually be found down in the hollow legend tripping.

Cultural references[edit]

Central Pennsylvania-based novelist Brian Keene wrote two novels loosely-based on Rehmeyer's Hollow and the region's powwow magic: Dark Hollow (2007) and Ghost Walk (2008).

Horrorcore rapper Hex of the group L.U. Cipha recorded an EP called Hex Hollow based on the events.

Power metal band Walküre wrote a song titled "Fire and Smoke" about the Nelson Rehmeyer story.

The film Apprentice to Murder was based on the events.


  1. ^ PARDON BOARD HEARS PROTEST IN 'HEX' CASES, at the Gettysburg Times; published October 27, 1943; retrieved from Google News Archive June 30, 2014
  2. ^ Witchcraft Practiced in York County, at the Gettysburg Times; published February 1, 1969; retrieved from Google News Archive June 30, 2014
  3. ^ Powwowing Among the Pennsylvania Dutch: A Traditional Medical Practice in the Modern World, by David W. Kriebel; published 2007 by Penn State Press (via Google Books)

Further reading[edit]

  • Lewis, Arthur (1969). Hex. 
  • McGinnis, J. Ross (2000). Trials of Hex.