Dale Kerstetter Was he a Willing accomplice or a Victim in a $250,000.00 Platinum Robbery in McKean county

It was Sept 12th , 1987 when there was big news out of Mckean County Pa. when a security guard and $250,000.00 dollars in Platinum went missing from a Corning Glass Facility

Dale Kerstetner was working by himself as a Security / Maintenance man in the plant  when he is seen  talking to a masked man who has apparently broken into or was let into the plant by Dale .

a $250,000.00  dollar Platinum Pipe from one of the furnaces would go missing as would Dale
was he a victim of a crime as the above  missing person piece suggests or was he a willing accomplice who was double crossed and murdered. Or was the whole thing a charade  to make everyone think he is dead and gone. $250,000 even then was alot of money but not life changing money and they got no where near that when they sold it on black market so one has to wonder.

The case even caught the attention of Robert Stack and his NBC Unsolved Mysteries program which was in production at the time but to this day there have been no leads .

 Dales if he is even still alive he would be in his 80's  and statute of limitations has long run out.  Surprisingly not much attention has come of this case all these years later.
as with so many cases.

"The Red Head Murderer " He is still out there and possibly still preying on young red headed woman.

In the 1980's it was not a safe time for Women in W.Pa.  with several who disappeared never to be found and others murdered and dumped in rural areas  and especially if you had Red Hair
One serial Killer in Particular known as the Red Head Killer was traveling around the tri state area.
who would prey on young red headed lady's  and to this day has not been captured .


This killer who many believe to still be alive and possibly still active has been  indicated in as many as 8 -11 deaths of red headed women  and  at one time it was thought a truck driver may have been responsible since the murders happened off of interstate highways and in so many states. 

Many of the women appear to have been involved in prostitution which makes it that much harder to track 
as people consider them society's throw away's  and not worth  worrying about.

Pa. Investigators  got involved  as they thought the red head killer may have been involved in some unsolved murder victums found dumped  in Pa.  But to this point none has been confirmed but the cases are still being looked at as possibly related.

and a trucker possibly being involved makes sense since it is well known certain truck stops are crawling with Lot Lizards what truckers call prostitutes so one getting in a truck and vanishing would go un noticed very easily and just as easily when a trucker stops and picks up a hitch hiker.

This once again is a case of if you see something say something  as this is only way this killer will be brought to justice if he is still out there.

Sorry Art Bell I do not believe you this time. Its time for you to permanently retire I am tired of the games .

I will never forget that dark cold winter late Saturday night in 1994 when I was driving home alone along lonely Pa. Route 8 after visiting a dear friend in Erie Pa.

I love listening to the sky wave when it gets dark and picking up out of town stations it is a hobby known as AM DX-ing  or distance listening now a lost hobby with the internet and I heart and Tune In apps. Which allow you to listen to just about every AM /Fm station in the USA plus around the world.

I picked up a paranormal type show  out of the mid west called Dream Land and its hosted by a gentleman known as Art Bell.
its a long ride almost 3 hr ride  from Erie to Penn Hills so I caught the tail end of the show at Midnight and then I heard Art say to stay tuned for Coast To Coast AM I was hooked   what a great show talking about UFO's the unexplained etc However I would have to wait till summer of 95 when the local WIXZ 1360 became WPTT and went from Country Music to all talk to start getting Art Bell locally after looking up Arts show on my Dial Up Earthlink account and finding out he was broadcasting from the Kingdom  (county) of Knye  in Pharump Nevada from a double wide trailer

Sometime in 96 he turned Dream land over to Whitley Streiber  but kept Coast to Coast going but then all of a sudden he announces he was quitting radio after an incident involving his son being molested and he being accused of doing it instead of the man who was prosecuted.
I found him and he was gone for about 6 months when here I find him on again after things cooled down. he would have some fantastic guests like professor Michua Kaucua  , John Lear   Father Maliki and others even crazy guests like Mel Waters and his Mel's Hole which ended up being a hoax but Art and his guest just had a fascinating way of  keeping you hooked.

But then Art announced he was retiring and moving to Philippines  one of several such events  where he would go away for year or 2 and come back in the mean time he turned the show over to Mike Seigel who tried his best but he was just not Art Bell and of course here comes another Art drama a letter shows up in a Philippines newspaper  with very racist comments about Philippines  and supposedly sent by Art who flees back to US  and of course he comes back on the air.
He is on for  another year or so and decides to semi retire and lets others fill in on days he is off and of course he comes back on full time. then he announces he is retiring for good when he turned the show over to George Noory and is retiring to Philippines and selling off his Ham radio gear.
He calls George Noory from Philippines one night and they cook up a show for art to be on Saturday night live and of course there is all kind of problems and drama getting a proper internet line set up and show is on some times and sometimes the show is not due to internet problems. Which by the way IT guys who travel tell me the Philippines has very good internet even better than is US in many places . Of course more drama the Philippines letter shows up and Art once more must flee back to the states .But thur agreement he is off for 10 years  due to a no compete.

But then he is back on Siruis Satellite Radio and he goes a month and they cut him off for what ever reason  he is off the air for 2 more years due to non compete then he decides to start his own show on  Dark Matters Radio Network which may be goingoff the air in 30 days if they do not get more subscribers.   But more drama first he can not figure out getting music with out the big royalty fee despite how many of his listeners including me who are broadcast engineers told him how to get around it then he was ready to go but he and his one time producer Keith Rowalnds got into a big dispute  and no show then they decide to yes we will have a show. he comes on and is on air less than 6 months and now a mysterious stalker is after him and he retires again because the stalker wants him off the air.  But he might be back . His guests this last time where less than intriguing some old timers where always welcome the others pathetic. Unfortunately many of Arts best guests have passed away or have not ben heard from in many years .Art is 70 now 

Do us all a favor Art Bell stay off the air retire and enjoy your life either do a show or not set a schedule once a week a month for 1-4 hours and stick with it stop all the damn drama  enough is enough  too many storys  like the boy who cried wolf. . Like the song by the Who goes. " We wont be fooled again"

Ghost Asylum TV Show at Hill View Manor why these individuals from Ghost Asylum are frauds and should be facing criminal action for illegal fire works display

Note: Opinions are those of the author Nick Markowitz Jr.  and not Hill View Manor  its Staff and Management .

You go to tour  Hill View Manor for several reasons some go to have the fun of hunting for a ghost and getting a good scare others who are skeptical to prove ghosts do not exist and then there are dedicated groups of paranormal investigators who spend thousands of dollars on equipment in the study of the paranormal. I go there as a contractor who provides safety and security services and as a curious investigator.

Recently the TV ghost show Ghost Asylum which features the Tennessee Rath Chasers group
came to Hill View Manor to produce a episode for there show and in doing so Not only seriously violated Pa. Fire Works laws but made a mockery of the place when they supposedly found a straight jacket in the basement patient storage area.

Thou straight jackets may have at one time been used at the manor when it was a full time county run  mental asylum there have been no use or jackets on the premises since late   40' -50's  as the facility
was transitioning to a senior living facility

It is one thing to bring a trigger article and set it out during an investigation to get a reaction but to mock those who spent there lives there by bringing in a modern straight jacket and then sit in a hall and taunt them is uncalled for.

Then to make matters worse they bring up the fact of Fireworks and the Zambellis  who produce fire works shows so they get the bright idea to travel to Ohio to Fire Works Store which is open during winter which  is when they where here and most Pa. stores are closed and proceed to purchase and then bring into Pa. Illegal to own or use fireworks . Pa. has very restrictive laws as to what you may use and it is common practice of individuals to go to Ohio to get what they can not purchase in Pa. and face charges in this case they could be facing Criminal Felony Charges should New Castle Fire Marshal so choose because they set off an explosive device with in hill View.  Yes it is shows like this which make those who are working hard to explore and understand what is happening during paranormal moments and events to be ridiculed and laughed at by the public because of the hi-jinks of TV realty shows.

Rumors still persist it was not an accident when a ramp gave way under a Pittsburgh Fire Official who drowned in Allegheny River

I only got to meet Capt. Joe Somma head of fire Prevention for City of Pittsburgh  one time when I was doing an expansion of the fire alarm system at the Investment Building and he was the plan reviewer . A wise, knowledgeable and friendly   man  he would loose his life in a tragic accident when inspecting river barges  which had been outfitted with fireworks for the 1984 July 4th  fireworks show.


Joe should have had on a life safety vest before he went aboard as required by USCG  Coast guard Regulations but he  did not and as he went up the ramp to the barge  it gave way when the barge moved  and he plunged into the river and drowned.  His body would be recovered the next day and transported in a solemn procession  to coroners office.

From all indications and reports it was nothing more than a tragic accident and lack of proper use of the boarding ramp  and poor judgement of Joe not to wear a life vest.

 His family sued  the fireworks makers and firm which owned the barge  I do not know if there was court case or they settled out of court .

Yet to this day rumors have been circulating by old timers  with in the fire alarm and fire service community it was no accident . That Joe was set up  supposedly because he discovered something which was going to be big news and embarrassing to some very powerful people regarding the then building Renaissance which was going on downtown. Rumors of  a safety cover up  and short cuts being taken which where never substantiated and  Rumors which need to be stopped Because it appears by all investigations including USCG   it was nothing more than an unfortunate accident due to improper safety steps not being taken .  Despite speculations why Joe did not put on a life vest being a non swimmer. Joe was a good man and does not need his name bantered about  and sullied in such a manner .Its time to put the rumors to bed.
Yes boats  and barges move all the time on the Allegheny when boats send waves across the river and cause a rocking motion.
and having been on and off plenty of docks, boats and barges I have seen more than my share of  poorly maintained set ups to board a boat. Plus some one should have told Joe to put on a vest but lets face it when some one with a badge comes to inspect things you do not give them any guff.
and there may have been no vests provided and little to no supervision of the barges  as well all things which may well have leed up to the accident Plus the fact fire dept  protocols regarding working around water  where not in effect. Several firefighters around the US have lost there lives  when it comes to working in and around water ways including one a few years ago near Erie Pa. because good judgement  was not followed  and lack of protocols If the people you are working with are not watching out for your safety it comes down to you relying on your own I see this time and time again. where fire depts operating at emergency's do things they should not be doing and not even realizing they are doing something wrong because they are so worried for others well being.  .  If you do not work along the river like I do on occasion and are not aware of the hazards you can very quickly become one of its victims.  I have 2 friends who worked the rivers as barge tenders  on river boats and both can tell you the dangers barges create even on a calm warm day. 

Like the river men say beware of snakes on the deck and thats exactly what they are talking about lines and tools laying out improper boarding planks etc. which can trip and kill you while walking on a deck or plank.

Another Urban legend The Wood Chopper of Milltown ( Penn Hills Pa. )

Thou there may have been a murder that this legend is based off there it apears to be a tottaly made up legend .

The story goes that a woodsman who lived in a cabin near the town of milltown  next to the Newfield Coal Mine in late 1800's
 became jealouly enraged when he caught his wife fooling around with another milltown man and that he burst into the cabin catching the cheating wife and man and went about killing them  bruttaly with an axe
and taking off  into the woods to never be found .

The legend goes  that to this day on an ocassional warm quiet summer night you can hear the woodsman  chopping away in the woods with his axe. near where the newfield mine once operated , when you stop along The road way and yell  "woodchopper chop wood " 3 times  this is just one of the many variations of the story I have heard.

The truth the wood chopper noise people would hear was an old Gully Whumper  Oil Well  pumping away along Indiana Road. which was run on ocassion in the summer time .

The wood chopper myth may have been started as a way to explain the noise the well made when operating as a way to scare the local kids  as it pumped away late into the night.

Lake Author Claims another victum some say the lake has Bad Karma.

I spent the summer of 1977 as a Assistant to Camp Staff Ranger and a Canoe Voyager at Camp Semiconon in Butler County Pa.
Once a week my self or the other Voyager John would take a group of  10-20 scouts on a 7 mile hike from camp Semiconon located along Conequenessing Creek to Moraine State Park and Lake Arthur in Prospect we would then get in the canoes which where waiting for us and canoe 2 miles across the lake and stay overnight in the area  of where an old town was located  where you could still find old foundations some jutting up out of the lake the yelow pin on google earth shows where we use to stay .

The entire time I was on these trips and years subsequent when my own troop went on " The Shoe & Canoe " Trips  as they where known I was always on guard and peaked as something did not seem right with the whole area . Especially after the scary experience we had with unknown intruders into the camp the first week of the 77 season.
The area is heavily wooded and Indian names and lore are rampant  as is tales of witch craft  and satanic worship thru out that rural section  of Butler County .Plus sevral cemetarys the snyder cemetary said to be haunted by a creature with red eyes


As well as the old stone house  Tavern nearby where many unsavory things happned  by Highwaymen and lore of buried treasure they left

Any truth to any of it who knows but a lot of strange deaths and disappearances have occurred all over Butler County and I often get the feeling I should not be some where so I get the hell out of there good advice regardless if a situation does not feel right leave the area .There maybe nothing to it but better to be safe than sorry.

Lake Author has seen many deaths over the years as well  from boaters who run into problems and people who go swimming and have drowned  and 3 recent cases in the same fall time period over several years 2012, 2014, and 2015   just add to the mystery and mystique of the area

Several middle age men  go fishing and hunting  etc. around the same time in the Fall  and  all found drowned in the lake

Is there some kind of conspiracy going on?

The answer is No.  While there are those who claim Indian spirits are at work who cause things to happen and pull people under the water like the tales of the river witch  . The truth is  as the weather changes from summer to fall so does the weather and the lake itself as the bottom becomes  more slippery from decaying foliage and winds get much stronger across the lakes surface as winter  storms move in. There are also many large sink holes in the lake due to fact it is man made as well as obstructions from old farm building foundations etc which where flooded over as weel as being part of a mine reclamation project   which lead to tripping hazards.etc when lake levels are low  and accidents will happen .

All 3 made the mistake of going to the lake and being by themselves near or in the water a very bad idea in fall as water temperatures plummet and one can die  due to exposure very quickly. Especially if one is not engaged in regular exercise  activity .
One of the leading causes of middle aged  hunters opening day deaths are heart attacks when they go into the field for a vigorous days activity and they normally are couch potatoes.

 Safety  Experts advise You should never Hike ,Hunt or Boat by yourself in the fall and winter time especially around water yet many do and have never had an issue but it only takes that few seconds of inattention or sudden medical issue arise and if no one is nearby you may well lose your life because no one knows you are in trouble.

While there are those who like to blame supernatural forces are at work at the lake  and often cite Chief Corn Planters curse on the white man  its seems all to often we are our own worse enemy.