Ukulele, Baseball and Murder

The Gettysburg Times (5 August 1929) reported the fatal shooting of a ukulele player by former major league baseball player, Samuel (Red) Crane.  Crane shot John D. Oren at Bria’s Hotel and Crane’s ex-girlfriend, Ms Della Lyter,  as the two sat at a table in the Hotel.

Oren was playing the ukulele at the time of the attack, and he tried to use the ukulele as a weapon of defence. He managed to hit Crane a couple of times before falling with two gunshot wounds in his abdomen.

Crane then fled the scene, but three hours later he surrendered to police. He was bleeding from a head wound that the ukulele had left, so, after his arrest he was sent to hospital for treatment. Oren died hours after the shooting, and Ms Lyter died a few days later.

Crane was found guilty of the second degree murder of both his victims. He served at least 15 years in prison.

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  1. […] this article: Ukulele, Baseball and Murder « The Backward Ukulele Player Posted in Ukulele Tags: crane, crane-crane, della, fatal, fatal-shooting, former-major, […]

  2. Pretty extreme reaction to ukulele playing, doncha think?

    And this was decades before Tiny Tim. What freaked the boy out so bad? Jealousy over the fact that his ex liked a uke player better than him?

    Some people’s kids. Honestly.

  3. […] Ukulele murder. […]

  4. John Oren was my great uncle.

  5. Hi Marjorie, Thanks for dropping by. Do you know very much about your great uncle, or this tragic incident?

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