The House on Cherry Hill (comic)

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UPDATE Soz this is late, the wordpress delay publish function is questionable in functionality.  Thank you. **

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This Is something I drew when I was listening to Cherry Hill by The Creepshow (the art in the music video is not mine).  I like when houses and buildings play a role in a story telling.  I have a reoccurring set of surreal dreams(1) that involve me exploring a familiar place (parent’s, grand parents, old school, friend’s place, previous apartments etc) but the floor plan keeps morphing but subtly, like off screen left.

I read that many of The Creepshow’s lyrics are based on horror movies so I decided to google cherry hill and learned of the Cherry Hill Murder:

Basically Cherry Hill manour in Albany NY that started out as a farmstead built by  Philip Kiliaen van Rensselaer who then later had a carpenter, Isaac Packard, build over the original farmstead and transform it into Cherry Hill manour.  “The house combined a Georgian body with a gambrel roof, commonly found on the Dutch Colonial houses van Rensselaer’s ancestors (and indeed many of Albany’s earlier settlers) had built.” (source)

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Gambrel Roof 

 

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Gregorian body

This is my favourite picture of Cherry Hill (source)

 

Cherry Hill grew so big as to have a tannery and brewery on the estate plus 17 people(2) living there.  One of the couples living in the manour was a John Whipple and Elsie Lansing.

 

At a local tavern Lansing was approached by a man called “Doctor”, despite being a farm worker he could read and write, whom she would grow very fond of and have move into Cherry Hill. It was later discovered that “Doctor” was actually a drifter, named Jesse Strang but living under an assumed name, who faked his death to get away from his wife and kid.

After passing coy notes via house servants they began an affair which inspired Lansing and “Doctor” to run away to Canada together.  One problem: they were broke sorta.  Doc had no money but Lansing’s husband controlled her money and they decided to hatch a plan to poison Lansing’s husband via his daily medication.

When this didn’t work they conspired to shoot Lansing’s husband and let the inheritance sort it self out? Honestly not really sure what their end game was at this point because the poisoning could look like an accident but even if this assassination wasn’t almost entirely botched they would probably find it a challenge to sort out affairs.

Doc was found, tried, and confessed to the murder.   “Doctor” was executed via hanging and it was messy.  The fall didn’t break Doc’s neck and so he hung for an hour before suffocating.  This was the final public hanging in Albany.

Since then there has been reports of ghosts sightings which describe a male figure walking around the manour and it’s not clear whether it’s Lansing’s husband or Doc’s ghost.

Footnotes:

  1. I have a few of these the second most popular of which are hair dreams which mostly involves me staring in a mirror marveling at how my hair has miraculously grown several inches or my beard has filled out.  Once I had a dream where I “woke up” looking like Logan from X-2.  It was a good dream.
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    Something like this.

    2. I don’t know if this includes servants or if it’s plus servants.

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