Hall-Mills Murder Case Evidence On Display At County Courthouse

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DeRussey’s Lane, as it appeared in 1922.
Photo: Franklin Township

Evidence from the infamous Hall-Mills murder case will be displayed from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 10 in the jury assembly room of the Somerset County Courthouse, 20 North Bridge St., Somerville.

The exhibit items will include photographs, clothing, a love letter and journal entries, as well as fingerprints, bullets and shell casings recovered from the murder scene.

The display is sponsored by the judiciary and the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

Vicinage 13 Assignment Judge Yolanda Ciccone and Judge Thomas Miller will introduce the program along with Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano, according to a press release about the event.

David Takleszyn, who oversees the Prosecutor’s Office evidence room, will give an overview of the items on display. Cultural & Heritage Commissioner Donald Esposito and Historic Sites Coordinator Thomas D’Amico also will be on hand.

On Sept. 16, 1922, the bodies of the Rev. Edward Wheeler Hall and choir singer Eleanor Reinhardt Mills were found on a “lover’s lane” off DeRussey’s Lane – now Franklin Boulevard – in the township. The case was investigated for four years, when the reverend’s wife, her brothers and a cousin were charged with the murders.

The four were acquitted after a trial in the Somerville courthouse that garnered world attention.

The Hall-Mills Murder Trial Exhibit will remain open to the public after Oct. 10, by appointment, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-7 p.m.  Appointments to view the display may be made by contacting the Trial Court Administrator’s Office at (908) 203-6151.

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