The Kadunce murders in New Castle | bookzio

Dale Richard Perelman

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November 16, 2022

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Author Dale Richard Perelman tells the tragic story of the 1978 murders and the mystery surrounding them.

In the summer of 1978, a mother and her four-year-old son were stabbed to death in the sleepy town of New Castle. Police suspected her husband, Lou Kadunce, but she could find neither a weapon nor a motive. Sitting in a Lawrence County jail in 1981, convicted serial killer Michael Atkinson accused Frank Costal, a petty thief and Satanist, of having an affair with Kadunce’s husband and participating in the murder. A series of intense trials followed as Costal was convicted of the killings and a jury found the husband not guilty. Questions surrounding the case gripped the region and made headlines in the Pittsburgh Press.

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