Frederick Schmidt, of Middle Village is an accomplished ventriloquist. On Tuesday night about midnight he secreted himself in the Lutheran Cemetery on the outskirts of the village and began to shriek Murder! Murder! Oh, spare my life! at the top of a lofty falsetto voice. Justice Louis P. Knickmann and a large crowd of people were attracted to the cemetery and they all concluded it was a ghost. The justice chased the voice but could not locate the specter and his hair stood on end along with the hair on the head of everybody present. Finally the voice seemed to hover over the crowd and then the justice and the crowd broke for Middle Village on a dead run. The justice cleared a fence six feet high surrounding the cemetery and was not aware of the fact until reminded of it two hours afterward by one who had observed the feat with astonishment. The justice is a large man. Mr. Schmidt has been smiling ever since.
Originally published in the March 2013 Juniper Berry Magazine
AMAZING STORIES: It Was Not a Ghost, But a Ventriloquist That Shrieked at Midnight in the Lutheran Cemetery.
Brooklyn Eagle September 23, 1887
March 2013 Table of Contents
- Grading our local elected officials
- "The Fight"
- Gourmet Bazaar: 13th Anniversary of Simple Pleasures
- Letters to the Editor
- Our Lady of Hope School 50th Anniversary
- Divided We Fall
- AMAZING STORIES: A Pretty Girl Seeks Death
- INNOCENCE LOST
- The New York Connecting Railroad
- Neighborhood History: 1950s Resurrection Ascension School Sports
- Killy's Korner
- New Business Spotlight: Lifestyle Barber Shop
- Grace Goes to Washington
- Cost of Living in Queens
- The Newtown Creek
- AMAZING STORIES: Another Slain Man is Found in Queens
- AMAZING STORIES: Three Bodies Found
- Interview: Eric Ritter
- AMAZING STORIES: A Shocking Suicide as Unknown Woman Cuts Her Throat at Maspeth
- Blizzard of 1888
- AMAZING STORIES: Shocking Catastrophe ‒ Five Children Smothered to Death in Newtown
- AMAZING STORIES: It Was Not a Ghost, But a Ventriloquist That Shrieked at Midnight in the Lutheran Cemetery.
- AMAZING STORIES: Father Is Held and Confesses to Newborn's Killing
- Imminent Health and Safety Hazard in Middle Village
- Berry Health: Spring Allergy
- NYC Tree Abuse
- YOUNGER VOICES: The world needs more like him
- Old Volunteer Fire Companies of Maspeth
- Carl Berner and the Circle of Life
- Building Scaffolding ‒ The Good, Bad & Ugly
- A BIG THANK YOU TO LOCAL BUSINESSES
- Strange Accident in Glendale
- Metro Ave. Muni Meters Cheat parkers
- Deputy Inspector Cody Transferred to 115th Precinct
- Middle Village Residents donate $ to Hurricane Sandy Relief
- Dog owners still disregard regulations in Juniper Valley Park
- Gimme Shelter on 80th Street
The Juniper Berry magazine, first published in 1938 is an all-volunteer effort containing articles on crime prevention, neighborhood issues, meeting reports and notices, neighborhood history and photographs, guest articles, editorials and more.
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