The crime stories I heard in Wellsville from those who were there and the ones that committed them.
I kept telling her of the many of my good friends all had stories of how their grandparents were all involved in this historic event, some were cops, some worked in the funeral industry, some just innocent bystanders who all became part of the most important crime story of its time. My great grandmother’s story not one of them stories, it was never told in newspapers or any historic recollection, because she refused to tell it. I just needed to hear it from her with my own ears.
As she would eventually tell me her story, that she always said was nothing big and nothing to brag about or celebrate, but I begged to differ with her because her story unlike my friends grandparents stories she actually was never the one to celebrate the death in the streets, or sell her story to a media outlet for cash. She did so much to inspire my compassion for the good criminal /crime story. I would definitely credit her a bit for that compassion to seek the good crime story because my very first one may have just come from her.
My Great Grandmother the Angel on the hill.
In two days the man my great-grandmother gave water to. Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd would be dead and on display in East Liverpool for the entire world to see. Joe Fryman’s comments to the coroner were, “We were standing there talking and I happened to look up on the hill and seen something white up there, it looked like a woman to me”.
My grandmother a very God fearing Christian woman, said she was not present at the Sturgis Funeral Home as thousands of others said they did, to what she would call “make a spectacle of someone” I knew my Great grandmother well and I would bet she was on her knees praying for the soul of the men that were killed and injured. Joe Fryman said he thought he seen a woman, something white, and he did very well see that, he seen an Angel of God there, my great-grandmother Mary Channels, there to help a man in need no matter whom the man may be, even if it was Public Enemy number one, a aka: Pretty Boy Floyd.
Charles and Helter Skelter
What me and my brother sat and stared at the entire time while my mother was visiting the staff inside were the words painted in large red letters, dripping down the back side of the school building, it said “HELTER SKELTER”. Charles Manson was still on trial at the time in Los Angeles and this now in town only put many people in Wellsville in a frenzy, that a psychopath was now in Wellsville to steal peoples kids and who knows what else. It really put the creeps down people’s spines at the time and had the city a bit scared. So it was soon removed and the legend of Helter Skelter on Wellsville High School would only grow over the years and never really have any ending of who did it.
“Wonder if Michael did that…” she said some would ask.
I knew I could have guessed why I was being discussed, it was the interest I have in crime and particularly my interest in the Manson Family and Charles Manson.
More on Michael's Investigations and the Manson Family crimes
1. Discovery Channel on the program “Haunted History-The Manson Family Murders” 2013
2. Science Channel program “Death Dealers” 2012
3. TradioV on Internet television with Danny boy from the House of Pain, Delta Bravo Show. 2013
4. June 11, 2014 appearance on The Dricore Olde Tyme radio show WCSB 89.3 FM Cleveland, Ohio 1:00 AM TO 4:00 AM Wed. mornings.
5. 7/16/2014 Michael Channels and The Backporch Tapes Live on The MIC SHOW talk: Charlie Manson Family.
6. TradioV The Manson Family Christmas show with Danny Boy from the House of Pain 2013
7. Appearance on “Roggan’s Hero” to talk to Fred Roggan the host about getting Autographs during the O.J. Simpson trial 1998 NBC
9. Michaelsbackporch / the Backporch Tapes on You Tube