Thursday, November 11, 2010

Maryann's Final Resting Place, Westminster CemeteryOn

On November 9, 2010 I went to Westminster Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd, PA to see if I could locate Maryann Mitchell's grave based on information her cousin Al Jarvis gave me.

I did find the grave and was stunned to find that the site had recently been opened.

Maryann is buried next to her maternal grandmother Anna Mazan.

Someone had placed a single carnation on the headstone.

It appeared as if "gifts" had been moved to the rear of the tombstone for the recent burial.

This Guardian Angel statue was on the grave.  I cannot help but think that the angel was left to watch over 19 year old Piotr Mazan and 16 year old Maryann Mitchell.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Newspaper Articles on the trial of Elmo Smith for the Mary Ann Mitchell murder Set 2

The Lafayette Motel, King of Prussia where Elmo Smith worked as a handy man.

This is where Elmo Smith and His Mother worked at the time of his arrest. The handyman's room was 101 . He was the handyman..  A Motel 6 is there today.  It is south of Rt. 202 and Gulph Mill Rd.  in its day, the Lafayette offered 100 "modern units with free TV, air conditioning, room telephones and even continental breakfast.

How Much is Fact...How Much is Fiction?

Newspaper Articles on the trial of Elmo Smith for the Mary Ann Mitchell murder

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"An investigation led police to a motel in King of Prussia.Smith lived and worked at the motel as a handyman,along with his mother"

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Where Missing Items Belonging to Mary Ann Were Found on December 31, 1959

In 2010 this is the North/East corner of the Ace Center

Where Mary Ann's Body was discovered on December 30, 1959 at 2 pm

Aireal view of Barren Hill Road and Harts Lane where body was found

Henry Avenue and Walnut Lane Bus Stop where Mary Ann was last seen RT. 61 Trolley Bus 101 "TB101"

  Could the meaning of TB101, which was inscribed on mary Ann's abdomen, mean
"Trolly Bus 101" ?
In the last photo below please note that one of the buses on
Rt 61 in 1959 was Trolley Bus "TB" 101.

This is a 2010 photo of the southwest corner of Walnut Lane and Henry Avenue
where Maryann would have waited for the bus.
This is a photo dated 1955 of the intersection of Walnut Lane and Henry Avenue.  The southwest corner is not shown.
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This photo labeled 1955 gives some idea of how remote the area where Mary Ann's body was found.
Her body was found approxinately 2.5 miles north of this site off Ridge onat Barren Hill and Harts Lane.

The Roxy Theater where Mary Ann went on the evening of December 28, 1959 to see the movie South Pacific

The Roxy at Ridge and Leverington Avenues circa 1959

2010 Where the Roxy once stood, a Dunkin Donuts now stands

The home of Mary Ann Mitchell 195 DuPont Street

The viewing of Mary Ann Mitchell was held in her home
on January 3, 1960.

In remembering that evening witnesses say that close to 3,000 people
viewed her body. 
She wore a white dress, had a white coffin which was lined with white satin.
Mary Ann's funeral Mass was held at
Saint Josaphat, Roman Catholic Church in Manayunk.

195 Dupont Street in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia circa 1959.

195 Dupont Street 2010