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Book commemorates Nazareth couple killed in 60-year-old cold case

By John Craven, Reporter, JCraven@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 25 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 26 2013 05:27:01 AM CDT

A 60 year-old murder mystery is getting some new attention thanks to the victim's classmates.

NAZARETH, Pa. -

A 60-year-old murder mystery is getting some new attention thanks to the victim's classmates.

An album and DVD chronicling the deaths of Gail and her special needs brother will now be in every Nazareth Area school.

The crime is is one the oldest cold cases in our region.

The murders shocked this normally-quiet community. Gail Schultz was only 18; her brother Paul was likely autistic.  They were found murdered along the banks of Black Rock Creek in 1953.

"It's the only tragic thing that ever happened in my life," said their cousin, Barry Ihle.
Ihle was just nine years old at the time. Since then, the trail went cold long ago.

"It was something that just seemed to fade away, and we didn't think that was right," said Howard Stump, a former classmate of Gail's.

That's why Schultz's former classmates banded together to create an album and DVD about her and her brother's lives and deaths. It includes Gail's artwork, old photos, and newspaper accounts of the killings.

"It's been a long road, but a good road," classmate Harold Kratzer said of the project.

Classmates presented the book to the Nazareth Area School Board Monday night.

Copies will be placed in every district library.

"I hope it will never let them die," said Kratzer. "That way, it will always be here."

The same group helped build a monument to the Schultzes behind Nazareth Area High School two years ago.

"It's almost forgotten," said Ihle. "It's 60 years now."

In spite of the album and the memorial, few believe the case will ever be solved.

"Nope, no," said Ihle. "It's too old now."

Stump agreed. "I don't think they'll ever [solve it] -- unless they get a confession. That's the only way," he said.

State police said this case is still open. It's actually their second-oldest cold case.

Ihle believes a homeless man might have killed his cousins, perhaps angered by an autistic outburst from Paul Schultz.