It was worse two-week killing spree in
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
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