‘America’s Frankenstein’: Book to examine Philly’s ‘first mass …

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.

After squandering away his money, he took a job for the Deering family as a farm hand in rural Philadelphia. To enrich himself, he

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