$100,000 estates were common, he had left an estate of only $500 to $1,000. The entire amount taken by his murderers was less than $3.
Sherwood appointed the attorneys for Curry and Blymire, who were too poor to afford their own, but the Hess family was able to hire their own counsel. The trials began on January 9, 1929. As a result of Sherwood's instructions, all references to witchcraft and hexes were edited out of the confessions before they were admitted into the record. All of the defense attorneys' efforts to circumvent the judge were defeated. The jury of peers, who undoubtedly believed in witchcraft and would have understood Blymire's motive, and perhaps even sympathized with him, did what the judge wanted and found all three guilty—Blymire and Curry of murder in the first degree and Hess of murder in the second degree.
They were sentenced on January 14. Blymire and Curry were given life in prison. Hess was given 10 to 20 years. In 1934 Curry and Hess were paroled. Both resumed quiet, respectable lives in the York area. Curry died in 1962. Blymire petitioned for parole several times and was refused. Finally, in 1953, at the age of 56 and after 23 years and five months in prison, he was released. He returned to York and got a job as a janitor. He bought a modest house with the money he had saved in prison, determined to live quietly for the rest of his life.
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