An upcoming book seeks to find the links between the fable of Frankenstein and a brutal Philadelphia mass murder that occurred nearly 50 years after the release of the famous novel.
In “The Face of a Monster: America’s Frankenstein,” Delaware author Patricia Earnest Suter revisits the gruesome killings of eight people at the hands of Anton Probst in 1866.
A German immigrant, Probst came to the United States in 1863 and became a “bounty jumper” during the Civil War, joining up with Union regiments and collecting his check before deserting and doing the same with another troop.
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After squandering away his money, he took a job for the Deering family as a farm hand in rural Philadelphia. To enrich himself, he