Stacks Image 968
New Book: October 2017

THE SCYTHE AND THE HATCHET is a new book by Eric Stedman about a historical mystery telling the story of the 1892 double murder of Samuel and Leanah Rightly at 115 Middle Holland Road in Holland, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and subsequent trial of accused killer Wallace Burt in Doylestown in 1893 and his desire for redemption.

It includes a history of the farmhouse, background information on the Rightlys and Wallace Burt, and covers the crime, its discovery, the pursuit and capture of the killer, his imprisonment and trial, and also includes the story of how the house, after it was abandoned for many years, became known as "the Murder House" and its subsequent restoration by its most recent owner Tom Baust. The book includes rare photographs, summaries and transcripts of witness statements, a transcription of the charge to the jury, and basically everything there is to know about the case, which has never been written about comprehensively before.

Tom Baust has written an Afterword for the book which gives a little personal history of his involvement with the property and how he came to own and maintain it.

Online orders for the book can be made by clicking This link


Eric Stedman grew up in Newtown, Pennsylvania and had his first theatrical script performed while in the fifth grade. Interests in art and acting were also developed when he was young. He studied film, art, and musical composition in college and has worked as an illustrator and an art, music, theatrical, and film restoration director on projects which often have some relation to historical events or theatrical and film productions of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Stacks Image 1210
Stacks Image 1222

Send PayPal payment

20012 Beacon Hill Drive / Holland PA 18966

Stacks Image 1220