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
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.
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.
- PARDON BOARD HEARS PROTEST IN 'HEX' CASES, at the Gettysburg Times; published October 27, 1943; retrieved from Google News Archive June 30, 2014
- Witchcraft Practiced in York County, at the Gettysburg Times; published February 1, 1969; retrieved from Google News Archive June 30, 2014
- 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)
- Lewis, Arthur (1969). Hex.
- McGinnis, J. Ross (2000). Trials of Hex.