The Hatchet Man of Huntsville, Ohio
The Hatchet Man
Huntsville, Ohio. Logan County
In the early years of the 19th Century, a German tailor, named Andrew Hellman, came to America, arriving in Virginia, and took for himself a wife named Mary Abel.
The couple built a family, having three children, as they made their way through to the Ohio Territory and finally setting down roots in Logan County.
Unfortunately for Mary, she had married a homicidal maniac.
Upon the birth of their first son, Henry, in 1824, Hellman rejected the child as he was convinced his wife had cheated on him and the child belonged to another man. So, being the maniac he was, Hellman spent the next several years attempting to poison his family to be rid of them.
In 1839, Hellman finally achieved success. Two of his three children, Louisa and John, died from poisoning. Henry would’ve lost his life, too, if not for the quick thinking of his mother. Her meddling outraged Hellman and, on September 26 of 1839, he used an axe to brutally murder his wife, Mary. His son, Henry, was not home at the time of the attack and was the only survivor of his father’s rage.
Hellman was arrested for the murders, but was able to make his escape by horseback out of Ohio. In 1840, Hellman arrived in Baltimore, Maryland where he took on a whole new identity, complete with a whole new wife.
Under the name Adam Horn, Hellman started a new life, but it wasn’t long before his madness surfaced again. In March of 1843, he butchered his new wife, Malinda Hinkle, with a hatchet and spread pieces of her body all over their house and property.
Hellman was again arrested and, this time, convicted. On January 22, 1844, Hellman met justice at the end of a hangman’s noose. With no one to claim the body, they sent it back to Logan County where they buried him in Harrod Cemetery next to the graves of his murdered wife and children.
Legend says the ghost of Andrew Hellman has not been able to rest easy and his spirit has been seen along Township Road 56, with hatchet in hand.
Photo Credit: Peak of Ohio