Death in the House of Broken Hearts

A small Pennsylvania town revisits the grisly four-decade-old torture and slaying case of a teenage girl.

By Martha Shaak & Kevin Uhrich
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Still, the question remains: Was it fair that Peggy Reber was portrayed in the local media as a promiscuous child deserving of her fate?

Roland, who saw the blame-the-victim scenario play out in three separate cases in less than three years, says the jury in the Reber case "convicted the mother instead of the murderer."

And because of that, Peggy Reber's killer, or killers, may well continue to walk among us 40 years later.

Martha Shaak is a Lebanon-based freelance writer. Her brother Kevin Uhrich is editor of Pasadena Weekly. Comments on this story can be sent to letters@philadelphiaweekly.com

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1. noname said... on Dec 11, 2008 at 07:21AM

“what a jerk to say that Peggy was a "bad,bad girl." You put down the victim...sick statement.”

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2. RACHEL KRISSINGER said... on Mar 21, 2014 at 05:59AM

“THERE IS NOTHING "QUAINT" ABOUT LEBANON, PA. THIS TOWN IS STILL RUN BY THE SAME TWISTED, MONEY GRUBBING, POWER HUNGRY PEOPLE WHO RAN IT THEN.PEGGY WAS MURDERED HERE TO SHOW THAT PEGGY AND ANYONE LIKE PEGGY WERE NOT GOING TO BE ALLOWED "THE GOOD LIFE"! THESE MURDERING BASTARDS STILL DINE ON STEAK & WINE ALL THESE YEARS LATER, WHILE PEGGY NEVER HAD A SHOT AT ANYTHING.”

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