March 31, 2008

Plumbridge, Levittown, Pennsylvania

A week ago was the anniversary of a local tragedy. In 1967, Mary Mamon bludgeoned three of her neighbors, one to death. Loretta Mullery died, her son Donald suffered huge damage, and the Mullery’s thirteen-year-old neighbor, Nancy Markham, suffered life-long damage as well. My mother lived across the field from them. Nancy was her first best friend. My mother was supposed to sleep over at the Markham’s the night before. If she had stayed over as planned, she would have been attacked as well.

Nancy suffered brain damage and a result couldn’t return to school or a normal life. She had to attend the Wood School, for “people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities, challenging behaviors, emotional disorders, brain injury and neurological disorders.” She loved the Beatles, and her favorite song was Penny Lane.

Patty Mullery, in 7th grade and daughter of the woman killed, discovered the scene coming home from church with fellow classmate and neighbor, Andrew Mealey. When my mom eventually asked him about it, all he said was that there was so much blood. TV shows that depict crime scenes are tame compared. Blood was everywhere.

My mom remembers hearing that Mary Mamon went to the wrong house. Her target was the Markhams. Back then, people had their last initial on their screen doors. In a row were the Mullerys, the Markhams, and the Mealeys. All M’s. She heard that Mary Mamon saw the M and went in, not realizing that there were three M’s.

There’s only one hit on google about this. Some guy who writes about crimes wrote two articles on “The Murderous Mary Mamon.” Turns out she had a hand in the accidental death of a five-year-old back in the 1930s. Somehow she was acquitted.

Not for her final offense. She was convicted, and died in prison.

22 comments:

mrsdurff said...

I did my Senior Project at the Wood School! Used to have the id tag from there - probably gone now...I never knew about bloody Mary was a real person though....

Fannah Heldman said...

There were stories about a "bloody Mary"?

Anonymous said...

You're incorrect in stating that the Mullerys, the Markhams and the Mealeys lived in a row. There were 2 houses between the Markhams and the Mullerys. One was the house I grew up in and my family was sleeping in when the murder occurred. The Mullerys were next-door neighbors. They lived close to each other, but not in a row like you say in your article. Just a clarification. But you were correct in that Mamon mistook the Mullery home for the Markham home.

Anonymous said...

Mary Mamon's relative was a judge so the case against her regarding the 5-yr-old was dropped.

I grew up in the that shared the backyard fence AFTER the murder took place. What I had learned, was that her son Robert was to be married to Markhem's niece but the niece broke it off. Manom was sure it was Markhum's fault and was bent on her paying for it. Mamon went into Mullery's house thinking it was Markhum's house and bashed her over the head. She then realized her mistake and called her true target (Markhum) and pretended to be Mrs. Mullery out of flour. Markhum sent her duaghter over and Mamon said, "You'll do" and bashed her over the head. Mullery's son came down the stairs and was also bashed over the head. This is such a sad story. I would see Markhum's daughter walking her dog. The Mullery house always had a huge turnover and once the wallpaper was taken down you could see holes and bloodstains!!!!

ozzy said...

I am Andrews sister. We lived next to nancy.her sister Carol was my best friend.I't was such a terrible time.A long painful event. I remember when that horrible woman died in prison.Nancy said yes "SHE'S DEAD ANDY SHE'S FINALLY DEAD"Andrew passed away feb 11,1993 from aids.He continue to to be Nancys friend until the end.Living next door to the Markhams.Mrs Markham has endored a alot in her life,The loss of her husband ,and sadly Carol passed away at the age 45. she continues to dedicate her life to taking care of Nancy.I admire her so much. God Bless them.

sachinraj said...

Loretta Mullery died, her son Donald suffered huge damage, and the Mullery’s thirteen-year-old neighbor, Nancy Markham, suffered life-long damage as well. My mother lived across the field from them. Nancy was her first best friend. My mother was supposed to sleep over at the Markham’s the night before. If she had stayed over as planned, she would have been attacked as well.
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Anonymous said...

I grew up in Bucks County...When I was thirteen, I followed this case briefly in the Doylestown Courthouse towards the end of her trial. The Library was across the street so I would slip into the courtroom as anybody was allowed to be there. It was a fascinating murder trial as I clearly remember viewing all the evidence wrapped in clear plastic. The hammer, the fur coat, the scissors (she cut the fur coat up), the vacuum cleaner (used To vacuum the shredded fur coat), the rocks, the box used to bury the evidence (bloody shredded fur coat) at the end of the driveway under the rocks.
Every day Mary Mamon would enter the courtroom like some big movie star with a huge smile on her face like Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard...she was a powerful looking woman and appeared as though she controlled everything in her life including the people around her, but you could clearly see that this woman, Mary Mamon was insane. Her 2 sons were also there dressed in their military uniforms. I actually felt sorry for the two sons because of what they had to bare.
That's all I remember.

Anonymous said...

Just watch an episode of Paranormal State. They were at A levittown house but it didn't say which levittown neighborhood. The house was supposedly haunted by a child and a nasty person whom seem to be masculine but actual was a woman (this was all said by the physic they brought to the house) the nasty spirit was very protective of the son whom now lives in that house with his mother. The nasty spirit told her that she didn't like this kid's girlfriend, said she would ruin his life! The papranormal team went to the librerry to try to find any kind of a history at the house and they came up with the front page of the Bucks courier Times and it was the Mary mamon murder case. It said Husky House wife on trial or something like that.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to hear that Carol died. She went to nursing school with me and was very smart and kind. Can anyone share any details of her death? I am sad....

vince said...

ya i saw that too on a&E those ae my friends mike ahah his g/f is my friend kierstin...yeah l-town sure has a crazy history the mary mammon murders the abt famil murders the 5 points riots jeeze lol

Anonymous said...

Carol Anne was my father's cousin. She had a large brain tumor that eventually took her life. She was sweet & smart & funny & I still miss her!

Anonymous said...

I would urge you to research your facts before making incorrect statements. You have also incorrectly identified the victim as Loretta Mullery. The correct name is Lorraine Mullery. I believe that there are many victims in this case, however none more so than the three surviving Mullery children, who continue to live with this tragic event on a daily basis without the love of a wonderful mother.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous. I lived down the street from them In Levittown PA, in Quincy Hollow section. It was a freightening situation. I graduated HS with one of the sons . I felt very bad for them. Mary was clearly extremely disturbed and I believe insane.

Anonymous said...

I grew in Juniper Hill, not far from Plumbridge. The Mary Mammon story was like one of those eerie ghost stories kids tell around a campfire. My mom wouldn't even allow me to go into the Plumbridge section of Levittown. To this day, I have never even walked or driven through there...

Andrew said...

Lorraine was my great aunt. My grandmother (Madeline) had an extremely difficult time dealing with this tragedy. There were a lot of times over the years I would pick up the morning paper and be confronted with an image of Mary on the front page. Hopefully, the Courier Times was successful in their effort to sell more newspapers at the expense of the victims. My mom and I would always do our best to intercept the newspaper so she didn't have to relive this event over and over again. She lost a sister and best friend which she cared for dearly and had an especially hard time during birthdays and on the anniversary of her death. These stories do have real victims and there were many times growing up that I wished I was alone in a room with Mary and a hammer. I miss you grandmom and I hope you are at peace and reunited with your sister.

Anonymous said...

Here is a link to a transcript of her Mary Mamon's 1972 appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court:
http://www.leagle.com/xmlResult.aspx?xmldoc=1972698449Pa249_1663.xml&docbase=CSLWAR1-1950-1985
As you can see, the commonwealth's theory is that her being at
the Mullery house was no mistake...it was used as a "deathtrap" to ambush Mrs. Markham, the target of her rage.

Anonymous said...

I grew up in Plumbridge and lived on Pine Needle Rd. Our home was directly behind the Mullerys. They were good friends with our family and at times Mrs Mullery baby sat my sister's and I . It was ashame what happended that day and memories of all the commotion are still very present. Before and after the murder my older sister and I used to spend time with Patty Ann and Donald. They were a nice family and it is also is ashame about Nancy and her family. My sister and I knew Nancy as well and she was always nice and polite. Sad day in history in Levittown.

Anonymous said...

This is a note to Andrew's blog above..I am also a relative of the Mullery's. If you read this, we have been desperately trying to find Aunt Madeline's relatives including those related to Madeline and Lorraine's mother Frances. Not sure how to connect but hope to hear back from you on this site someday.

Joseph Mulvey said...

I grew up in Plumbridge, I was 8yrs old when Mary Mamon attacked the Mullerys. I lived on the other side of Abraham Lincoln Elem. School. The youngest of my 3 older sister lived back to back to Mary Mamon. She was pregnant at the time with her 2nd child and there were police around her house until they found Mary. I was a long time friend of Nancy's and she did graduate from Delhaas High School, although without dragging out my yearbooks, I don't remember what year. Nancy would walk her dog "Penny" around the school every day and if I was outside in the yard she would come over and her dog would play with mine as we talked. She was very involved with "Friends Of Animals". sadly I had to move away 11 yrs ago and lost contact with her.

Anonymous said...

I was born in 1968, but grew up in Mill Creek, so I was in Plumbridge every day for elementary school. This case was talked about throughout my childhood.

After I graduated from high school, I moved out of state for a number of years, but have since returned to Milk Creek. The case is still talked about and given as good reason why we lock every door behind us, regardless of the time of day.

Anonymous said...

My mother knew Mary when they lived in West Oak Lane where Nancy Glenn was killed. Mom and Nancy's brother were friends. They were riding their bikes and Nancy asked to ride along. They told her she was too young to go with them, but she must have followed them any way. That's when Mary attacked her. My grandfather was the one to find Nancy's body. My mother has 2 scars from Mary throwing sharp pieces of metal at her. One on her leg and one on her eyebrow. She said Mary would walk the roofs of the row houses at night. Mom would lay awake listening to her footsteps. She did say all the neighborhood kids taunted Mary. Ironically enough, many years later my mother also moved to Levittown in the early to mid 1950's only to find out that Mary Mamon lived their as well.

Liz Bristow said...

I lived on pine needle rd and was 12 years old at the time of Mrs. Mullerys tragic murder. One of my older brothers was a friend of the oldest Mullery son. Our dog was a sister of the familys dog. Being so young at the time, this left a lifetime of impression on me. I still remember the police walking along our street searching for clues, then finding out what had happened, my Mom and brother crying. I remember my Mom watching Donny a couple of times at our house, and seeing the large indentation in his head. I believe this was the first time I came to know that there was such evil out there in the world. About ten years later I was on a softball team with Patti Mullery. Mamon tried to get a pardon at this time, and with that a petition against her was put together . Patti and all of the supporters of the Mullery Family knocked on hundreds of Levittown doors to get signatures. I remember that almost every house I went to still remembered the murder and ALL signed our petition. I was living out of state when my mother called me to tell me that monster died in prison. Mission accomplished! I hope that patti and her family, Nancy, Donny and all who were affected by this are well and healing. Andrew is at peace with God, as I know he was hurting from that day. I never knew the story about the 5 yr. old. If Mary Mamon would have been charged and sent away for life back then, two familys lives would have taken a different path.