Following Newspaper clippings elaborate on the subject of the post-script in this letter:
Lock Haven Express newspaper clipping, April 6, 1943
Woman Slain at Hollidaysburg
Man Kills Wife After She Wins Alimony in Blair County Court.
In full view of a crowd leaving the Blair County court house for the noon recess,
a man whipped out a revolver today and killed his estranged wife, who had just received
an alimony award from the court.
Huntingdon Daily News clipping - June 22, 1943
Barber Says He Can't Remember Shooting Wife
Under cross-examination, Michael Musto, Altoona barber, maintained that he
remembered nothing of his fatally shooting his estranged wife on the Blair Count
Testifying in his own behalf, Musto declared that a blow he had received on his head
when a boy in Italy is "responsible for my mental condition."
Defense Attorneys Robert J Puderbaugh and J Banks Kurtz introduced five letters that
Musto wrote to his wife, purporting to show "love and affection."...
Altoona Mirror Clipping - June 23, 1943
ATTORNEYS IN FINAL PLEAS IN MUSTO CASE
Fate of Defendant Charged with Killing Wife, Will Go to Jury Today
The fate of Michael Musto, 45-year-old Altoona beauty shop owner, in his trial for murder in
connection with the fatal shooting of his wife, Mrs. Mary Musto, aged 36, will be placed in the
hands of the jury at Hollidaysburg at mid-afternoon today.
As Mr. Kurtz (defense attorney) pointed to the jury that "Michael Musto loved his wife
and he loved his children," the defendant sobbed for a long period, with his head bowed
into his hands.
Urging the jury to return a verdict of "not guilty." Mr. Kurtz cried on one occasion
as he grew eloquent in his plea for the defendant. ... If you convict Musto, you will have
convicted a man with a diseased mind."
In opening his plea, District Attorney Wray pointed to the killing of Mrs. Mary Musto on the
county courthouse steps on last April 6 "as a most heinous crime which was committed at the
very portals of this house of justice."
Oil City Derrick newspaper clipping, June 24, 1943
Jury Convicts Altoona Man of Murder of Wife
A jury today convicted Michael Musto, diminutive Altoona
barber, of the murder of his wife and recommended he be
The verdict came after 90 minutes of deliberation by the seven
men and five women.
Bradford Era newspaper clipping - August 17, 1943
Barber Sentenced to Die in Chair for Slaying Wife
A 45-year-old Altoona barber was sentenced by Judge George G Patterson to die
in the electric chair for the murder of his estranged wife last April 6 on the steps
of the Blair county courthouse.
Altoona Mirror Clipping - March 20, 1944
Rockview Penitentiary: Michael Musto walked calmly to his death in the elecric chair here early
today to pay for the murder of his estranged wife, Mrs. Mary Musto, on the Blair County courthouse steps
last April 6.