triple murder in Unadilla NY

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Mary 1961

United States

#1 Jun 11, 2009
My step son said the other day, " nothing bad ever happens in Unadilla" I told him that around 1978 or 1979 there was 3 men murdered outside the Bishop Hotel now torn down. I wanted to show him news paper articles and such but I find nothing on the inter net. Does anyone have information on this event that took place in Unadilla ?
Gwyneth

Fort Worth, TX

#2 Jun 13, 2009
I remember this. Very said. I would go directly to the Oneonta Daily News web site and search in their archives. The NY Times also had an article on it. Undailla was portrayed very negatively. Something about pickups, guns and women in rollers...
Waltonian

Long Branch, NJ

#3 Jun 14, 2009
Truth hurts.....women in rollers are trash! You never leave home with rollers in your hair...guttersnipes.
Mary 1961

United States

#4 Jun 15, 2009
The Daily Star archives only go back to 1999
will try the NY Newspapers.
UnadillaLibrary

South New Berlin, NY

#5 Jul 16, 2009
The Local Library
Keep Archive Copies of Papers going back to the 1800's
It may take a little bit of time to research (great learning experience for your son to read through the old papers).
Linda

Laurens, NY

#6 Aug 2, 2009
There was also a murder-suicide there in the 90's.... a love triangle thing.. But Unadilla IS a nice place to live...... and very safe...... these things can happen in any town.....at any time...
Linda

Laurens, NY

#7 Aug 2, 2009
Hey...if the "Waltonian" means that you are from Walton....or have a place over there.....then you know all about "trashy" women.....
Bob

United States

#8 Sep 28, 2009
The part that I remember the best was the third guy that got shot. He had fled the hotel and thought he was home-free in his car. He turned the ignition only to hear the starter slowly die. It was winter and the battery died. Seconds later, the shooter emerged from the building and caught him still trying to start the car. The standing joke of the time was "Gee, if the guy only had a 'die-hard' battery, he'd still be alive."

Yeah, the whole thing was pretty sad. I have often wondered if the shooter is out of prison yet, I don't even remember his name. As I recall, he wasn't really a bad guy. Cecil George, from what I heard, had pushed him over the edge until he just snapped and shot them.
Jennifer

United States

#9 Oct 15, 2009
Check the library they have books on the towns history.
fyrfighter12000

Endicott, NY

#10 Oct 31, 2009
Mary 1961 wrote:
My step son said the other day, " nothing bad ever happens in Unadilla" I told him that around 1978 or 1979 there was 3 men murdered outside the Bishop Hotel now torn down. I wanted to show him news paper articles and such but I find nothing on the inter net. Does anyone have information on this event that took place in Unadilla ?
yes i can ..i was there and two of the deceased were close friends!...marvin and cecil george were very good friends and yes bad things can happen anyplace!..this triple murder was over a card game and the deceased were the winners of the game and the guy lost a pink slip to a motor cycle and then thought the guys cheated him..went home and got a shotgun and come back to kill the three!
fyrfighter12000

Endicott, NY

#11 Oct 31, 2009
yes i can ..i was there and two of the deceased were close friends!...marvin and cecil george were very good friends and yes bad things can happen anyplace!..this triple murder was over a card game and the deceased were the winners of the game and the guy lost a pink slip to a motor cycle and then thought the guys cheated him..went home and got a shotgun and come back to kill the three
soapy

AOL

#12 Dec 4, 2009
The shooters name was Ben Johnson.Cecil and Marvin were friends of mine too. Actually, nice guys, but could be wiseasses. Skip somebody was the third one killed. He was a friend of my husbands.

This was a sad thing...I dont know what ever became of Benny. It was a long time ago.

anonymous

Norwich, NY

#13 Dec 29, 2009
Search "Ben Johnson" (shooter). Still in jail, has been denied bail several times. Oneonta State College Library has a tremendous amount of old news on microfilm, etc. You may be able to find something there.
upstatenygirl

Walton, NY

#14 Jan 29, 2010
try the daily star again or google it because i remember seeing something about it recently.
Karen

Montour Falls, NY

#15 Feb 6, 2010
I don't think it matters why it happened, no one has the right to take another's life. It has had lasting effects on the survivors of those killed. There are still several who remain in the area. It just goes to show that no matter what, you never know what can happen.

It's also unfortunate that Cecil and Marvin were brothers. Two weeks later, their mother also died. Most say from a broken heart. I feel for their family.
Edward

Friendship, NY

#16 Feb 21, 2010
Bob wrote:
The part that I remember the best was the third guy that got shot. He had fled the hotel and thought he was home-free in his car. He turned the ignition only to hear the starter slowly die. It was winter and the battery died. Seconds later, the shooter emerged from the building and caught him still trying to start the car. The standing joke of the time was "Gee, if the guy only had a 'die-hard' battery, he'd still be alive."
Yeah, the whole thing was pretty sad. I have often wondered if the shooter is out of prison yet, I don't even remember his name. As I recall, he wasn't really a bad guy. Cecil George, from what I heard, had pushed him over the edge until he just snapped and shot them.
The story as told by "Bob" is completely untrue. He obviously did not talk to anyone who knew the facts of the case. The shooter, Ben Johnson, pled guilty and the facts of the case were never disclosed to the public.
cindy

Brandon, FL

#17 May 1, 2010
Mary 1961 wrote:
My step son said the other day, " nothing bad ever happens in Unadilla" I told him that around 1978 or 1979 there was 3 men murdered outside the Bishop Hotel now torn down. I wanted to show him news paper articles and such but I find nothing on the inter net. Does anyone have information on this event that took place in Unadilla ?
i was there that awful night and i new all the men involved
cindy

Brandon, FL

#18 May 1, 2010
Edward wrote:
<quoted text>The story as told by "Bob" is completely untrue. He obviously did not talk to anyone who knew the facts of the case. The shooter, Ben Johnson, pled guilty and the facts of the case were never disclosed to the public.
actually there is truth to some of what bob says.
Robert H

Arbil, Iraq

#19 Sep 20, 2011
I knew both of the guys, Cecil and Marvin.Both troublemaker's who were kicked out of every bar in the three county's for fighting and causing problems. The Bishop was the only bar they were allowed in.If i was a betting man i would say they were cheating at cards.There was another one that hung out with them that was even worst,but he was not there that night,too bad.After that he disappeared and never was a problem again. I believe in the saying "What goes around ,comes around". They caused their own demise.
cindy

Brandon, FL

#20 Oct 23, 2011
Robert H wrote:
I knew both of the guys, Cecil and Marvin.Both troublemaker's who were kicked out of every bar in the three county's for fighting and causing problems. The Bishop was the only bar they were allowed in.If i was a betting man i would say they were cheating at cards.There was another one that hung out with them that was even worst,but he was not there that night,too bad.After that he disappeared and never was a problem again. I believe in the saying "What goes around ,comes around". They caused their own demise.
Robert that was about as insane a thing to say as the man that pulled the trigger

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