Saturday, October 27, 2012


It was worse two-week killing spree in Ohio’s history.

On the night of July 21, 1948, Robert Daniels and John

West entered John and Nolena Niebel’s house with loaded



They forced the family including the Niebel’s 21-year-old

daughter, Phyllis, into their car and drove them to a cornfield

just off Fleming Falls Road in Mansfield.


The two men instructed the Niebels to remove all of their

clothing, and then Robert Daniels shot each of them in the



The brutal murders caught national attention in the media,

but the killing spree didn’t stop there. Three more innocent

people would lose their lives at the hands of Daniels and

West in the coming week.


Scott Fields tirelessly researched the killings, the capture

and trial of Daniels and even interviewed a surviving

member of the Niebel family to weave this tragic story into

a must-read novel bringing the reader back to those dark

days in the summer of 1948.


What led to these brutal killings, and why was the Niebel

family singled-out to be savagely murdered? It has been

more than sixty years since the tragedy, and, yet, this

question still remains unanswered. The killing spree is not

only remembered to this day, but is an important and dark

part of Mansfield lore.

Outer Banks Publishing is taking pre-release orders.

Just click onto the Book Store.

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