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The Trick-or-Treat Dentist

A couple of months ago my wife and I went for a walk up our road. Along the way, we stopped at our neighbor Harriet’s house.  Harriet and her late husband purchased that house in the 1940’s and at nearly 103 years of age, she is still able to live on her own. Harriet’s daughter just happened to be in town and mentioned to us that the previous owner of our house, William “Bill” Shyne, had recently passed away.  Naturally curious, I turned to the Internet to find out more.

And just like there is more than one Steve Silverman in this world, it turns out that there is also more than one William Shyne. It is one of those William Shynes – in this case dentist William Vincent Shyne – who is the subject of today’s story.

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Murder in the Mail

On an October day back in 1941, John Kmetz received a trial supply of herbal pills that would supposedly restore vitality to his 54-year-old body. Shortly after taking the pills, Kmetz was dead. Learn about the man suspected of the crime, another bizarre event that occurred prior to the murder, and his ultimate fate.

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