History On Tap ~ Jailing the Johnston Gang

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Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

*** We have reached our capacity for this event. If you would like to RSVP for our waiting list you may do so by calling 610-692-4800 or emailing rsvp@chestercohistorical.org 

The Whip Tavern

1383 North Chatham Road, Coatesville, PA 19320


Jailing The Johnston Gang

by Bruce Mowday

Jailing The Johnston Gang: Bringing Serial Murderers To Justice is a true crime story that took place in Chester County. Bruce E. Mowday, who covered the case for the Daily Local News of West Chester, wrote the book about the Johnston brothers' gang and more importantly the law enforcement team that put the mass murderers behind prison bars. Mowday was out nights when law enforcement officers were uncovering bodies of victims and he also covered both murder trials and a vast majority of the legal proceedings connected to the case. He was also locked in jail with Bruce A. Johnston Sr. for two hours interviewing him for articles that appeared in the Daily Local News. Johnston Sr. was convicted of six counts of first-degree murder, including the murder of his stepson, but Mowday believes Johnston committed at least 10 murders. The gang was known for stealing John Deere tractors, construction equipment and Corvettes. The 1986 movie At Close Range with Sean Penn and Christopher Walken is a Hollywood version of the events but Mowday tells the real story. Interest in the Johnstons remains strong, and The Discovery Channel is planning a segment on the gang to be aired in late 2015 or early 2016.

The program is free for the community to enjoy but an RSVP is required as space is limited to 75 attendees, available on a first come first served basis! RSVP to rsvp@chestercohistorical.org or call 610-692-4800.

History on Tap brings history to you in the casual atmosphere of your favorite local bar or restaurant. There will be lots of great food and drink available for purchase. The program is free for the community to enjoy! Generously sponsored by BB&T, and WCHE 1520AM. The portable sound system is sponsored by Colleen and Basel Frens.