Sit back. Relax. Keep the lights on. Or, turn them off
if you dare. But, be forewarned the following tale of this evil place in Pennsylvania – one of murder, tragedy, and paranormal activity – may well leave you chilled to your very core. Our journey begins in Rehmeyer Hollow, an unassuming home in York, Pennsylvania.
Nelson Rehmeyer’s life came to a sudden and horrific end one minute after midnight in November 1928. The murder took place at Thanksgiving time, right in the cozy, two-story home Rehmeyer, a pow wow doctor, shared with his wife and two children. What led to Rehmeyer’s demise started with a suspicion.
One person in town didn’t believe that Rehmeyer was a pow wow doctor. In fact, John
Blymire, a pow wow doctor himself, had become convinced that Rehmeyer was a witch who had placed a curse on him. That curse, at least from Blymire’s perspective, was reason behind the constant illness and pain with which he struggled.
Blymire desperately sought advice from Nellie Noll, the "Marietta River Witch," in an attempt to remove the curse place on him. Nellie instructed him to find his way into Rehmeyer’s home, where he would cut a lock of Rehmeyer’s hair then bury it deep within the ground. However, to effectively remove the curse, Blymire would also have to burn Rehmeyer’s copy of the spell book "The Long Lost Friend."
On that late night in November 1928, Blymire and two other assailants broke into the Rehmeyer home. When confronted by Rehmeyer, the three men violently assaulted him, beating him and strangling him. As one last insult, they burned his body to ensure the murder would not be traced back to them. But, despite the intense heat of the fire, Rehmeyer’s body did not burn, cementing Blymire’s belief that his victim was, in fact, a witch.
All three men stood trial, were convicted, and eventually released. The house in which Rehmeyer had his life violently stolen, however, has held onto the tragedy of his death. In fact, tales of the paranormal emanate from the unassuming home. Some tell of seeing a dog with red eyes in the trees near the home while others claim to have seen UFOs right in the area of Rehmeyer’s home.
Look from afar but do not touch the simple two-story home. It’s on private property for one. Perhaps even more compelling is the claim that stones hurdled at the home by trespassers have been tossed right back at the hurler. The culprit? Apparently the house itself.
If you dare to stroll or drive past Rehmeyer’s Hollow, be on the lookout for smoke billowing from the home, a sign, according to some, that Rehmeyer’s spirit remains on the property. (Oddly enough, the spot where Rehmeyer was set on fire is now covered in glass, preserving the murder scene.)