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Anton Probst, murderer of an entire family in the "Deering Massacre," is executed in Philadelphia

Antoine Probst, Philadelphia murderer, May 1866, artist's impression
06/08/1866
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 on 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, on April 7, 1866. After his arrest on April 13, 1866, Probst confessed to the crime and a Philadelphia court had sentenced him to death on May 16, 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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