Etna - A Murder Out of Time

Authors: Michael Mancuso, Eric J. Kerchner

ISBN 978-1-951985-65-3(softcover);
978-1-951985-66-0 (hardcover);
978-1-951985-67-7 (eBook)

264 pages

Almost one hundred forty years after the vicious and unsolved murder of the beautiful 17-year-old daughter of a well-to-do local family, a seasoned prosecutor and detective of the Monroe County Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Office team up to solve this coldest of cases. By using the techniques, methods, and insights acquired over the course of their careers they pursue the crime in all its details, recognizing the limitations and failings of the original investigators, uncovering leads long ago forgotten, and using the passage of the years to connect suspects to the crime. Their mission is to fulfill a centuries old mandate issued by a long forgotten grand jury directing their predecessors to ‘use all resources to ferret out the murder of Etna Bittenbender’. Their journey through the darkest inner recesses of the human soul gives form and shape to an innocent life brutally snuffed out and of a depraved crime both of which had been reduced to nothing more than a dim memory.


Michael Mancuso is the First Assistant for the Monroe County Pennsylvania Office of the District Attorney specializing in the investigation and prosecution of murder and suspicious death cases. Mr. Mancuso has worked on hundreds of death investigations, bringing to verdict nearly fifty murder defendants.

Eric J. Kerchner is the chief of the Monroe County Pennsylvania Office of the District Attorney's Criminal Investigations Division with more than forty years of  experience as a law enforcement professional.

Together they have spent more than eight years of their own time investigating the 140 year old murder of Etna Bittenbender.

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