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Bedford Inquirer (Newspaper) - December 10, 1971, Bedford, Pennsylvania Established 24 Bedford re Bubli december 1971 twin murders Stum two elderly women shot during night two elderly women who for decades had kept the Beech Wood inn open All night As a Haven for lonely travellers were shot to death Early wednesday december miss Marguerite and Mary were found dying in the tiny Roadside restaurant at by three Young men who had stopped for a cup of nearly including most of the truckers who had stopped during the night in the 32 years miss Snyder had been the ladies maintained a Small food Gas and a 6unit 8 Miles South of Bedford on the West Side of state police said both women had been shot in the miss Snyder three and Deremer the Small room just behind the front counter had been police in an apparent search for state police issued an immediate Appeal for in formation from any citizens who might have passed by the inn Between and they hoped particularly that truckers passing might respond when they pass through almost a week later the identity of the or was still its still wide reported Vincent commander of the Bedford criminal specialists were kept Busy As citizens volunteered numerous bits of in the time of the murders was fairly Well one not identified by said he was in the inn for a hamburger until about three Young men from who had driven earlier to approached at they found Mary Deremer body just inside the front and when they searched for a Telephone found Marguerite Snyder in the police identified them As Russell Billy and Jerry All of the Young men had debated for a moment whether to then did their duty and made the phone they stayed on hand for several hours to assist police they deserve a lot of one investigator the two women died without regaining con one in route the Hospital in the Bedford area and the other about ten minutes after at the at Bedford county memorial Hospital wednesday afternoon by a Resby revealed no evidence of a beating or a the Small Aliber pistol shots had been fired by the same but from an extremely close police the women were fully clothed in their daytime despite the robbery to be the motive behind the although Over in coins and Bills was the two ladies had tucked away bits of Money Here and there throughout the miss Snyder had Over rolled up in a Little drawstring Pouch on her that was found in the the bulk of the rest was scattered through Mary Deremer in eight or nine police said each was in pockets of clothing and in the Cash was in 20 and 50 Dollar acquaintances said she didst believe in considerable Money was scattered about the floor of the Back room police Vincent in command of the Bedford said old Mercury Rolls of single quarters and Silver dollars were amongst the litter of the papers and per Sonal a Roll of one Dollar Bills was pigeonholed in the desk in that where miss Snyder was the killer nor killers never went police local speculation entered on the possibility that the killer or killers were regular visitors to the or at least known to the two police refused to speculate on that although they were pursuing the possibility and were assembling a Complete file of local crimes and criminal ruled a suicide county Coroner Alton Barefoot has officially ruled the death of Donald of rd1 a Barefoot and police had launched an investigation into the shooting death after Fox body was found at his place of business at 10 the body was discovered by an employee at Fox body shop on Central Way state police Mobile com Mand Post was in place by wednesday afternoon at the Beechwood where two elderly ladies who operated it were shot to death around 3 the ladies kept the general Gas pumps and Small Motel right background open All night the inn to located 8 Miles South of Bedford on never closed in 31 of ifs inn spot the Beechwood inn stands at a lonely spot along the marked at night by a Small Island of Light shed by a solitary pole miss Margurite Snyder bought the tiny business Over 31 years and since that Day the inn has never been it has remained year after 24 hours a every providing a Small Haven for the inn is situated along about eight Miles South of on the right As you drive a nighttime traveler would have to look carefully and perhaps try the door to be sure it was there Are no houses on either the pole shining Down on three Gas and an Arco sign Are All that Mark the inn by a dim Light Burns in one window of the what was a tiny confectionary when miss Snyder acquired it years has been a customer can buy diesel Odds and ends of he can order a Home cooked meal in the or spend the night in the six room Motel but despite the the Beechwood remains a Small spot along the the restaurant and grocery occur two Small the inn is a two Story Frame Structure on a Stone foun the peeling of faded White paint exposed the weathered boards beneath until the building was freshened with a coat of Green about a year the Small Asphalt parking lot will hold two tractor trailers and allow room for a car or truck to reach the gasoline pumps to the left of the a diesel pump behind walking toward the you Cross a Concrete porch sheltered by a shingled roof astride Square edged Wood As you enter the there Are several Plain Wood tables and chairs to the right and pinball machines scattered along the to the left is a Small counter at a right Angle to the floor space behind is crowded by soda and ice Cream coolers and shelves loaded with the floors Are aged tile and the windows a yellow ceiling Light illuminates the area around the counter by night the tables and chairs sit in near there is the Dusty look of an old unused the old Beechwood was drawing less and less business As the years went but was still the favorite of miss Snyder and the widowed Mary who lived and worked at the inn most of her were Friend to the truckers and Young people travelling the truckers always made themselves to area residents Many ate in the Kitchen and talked into the night with the elderly they were sometimes favored with homemade bread or freshly baked some Young people were those bound for the watering holes of West Virginia would Stop for Gas or others would drink Coffee and play the pinball those who knew the ladies Best said they were Fine people who kept mostly to were Friendly to their friends and cautious with residents said the elderly women minded there own there might be a Case of Beer in the Back seat of someones or some extra Motel business on a saturday out As Long As there was no there were no the ladies took Pride in their miss Snyder in if there had Ever been any she would have taken care of it one customer added others she was kept an Eye on strangers she Felt she could take care of if they been after she would have tried to Stop the motive of the double murder is not yet but if it was the killers probably got a customer needing change for a five or ten Dollar Bill More than Likely saw it come from the of an old rather than the Cash there was never a big Bank As the funds were deposited in the Beechwood account usually by registered then used to buy restaurant

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