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Anton Probst, suspect in the "Deering Massacre" murders, is arrested in Philadelphia

Scene of the Mass Murder of April 11, 1866, in James Lane, Philadelphia, artist's impression
04/13/1866
In one of the most gruesome mass murders in Philadelphia history, Anton Probst, a Union veteran employed as a farm hand at the Deering Farm in James Lane in Point Breeze, then on the southern outskirts of the city, murdered the entire Deering family one by one, seven people in all, the previous Saturday. After his arrest, Probst confessed to the crime, was tried the following month and executed on June 8, 1866.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
J. Thomas Scarf and Thompson Wescott (eds.), History of Philadelphia, 1609-1884 (Philadelphia, PA: L. H. Everts & Co., 1884), 833-834. 

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