Friday, November 2, 2012

The Mansfield Killings
A Novel based on True Events
By Scott Fields
It was the 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 guns.
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 head.
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 gripping, 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 and savagely murdered remains a mystery to this day. The killing spree is not only remembered, but is an important and dark part of Mansfield lore.
In 1996 with a lifelong dream of being a writer, Scott Fields started writing short stories. Within the two years, he had four stories published. Since then, his first novel, All Those Years Ago, was published, and in the fall of 2004, his second novel, A Summer Harvest, was released. His third novel, The Road Back Home, was published in the fall of 2007 by Charles River Press, and his fourth novel, Last Days of Summer, was released by Whiskey Creek Press. Summer Heat, his fifth novel, was published in May 2012 by Outer Banks Publishing Group.
Scott and his wife, Deb, live in Mansfield, Ohio.


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