On October 5, 1950, a farmer named Harold Mast was shot in the back and proclaimed dead in the hospital. The Medina Police took in a man named Max Amerman, who had been in a yearlong affair with Randi Mast (Harold’s wife), for questioning, believing him to be the killer. They were half right. While Max had been involved- heavily –in the murder, the man who fired the shot was Gerald “Jerry” Killenger: Max’s employee, friend, and student of Medina High School. How and why did this happen?
It started when Randi Mast kicked out Max Amerman after their affair. She loved Harold, and wanted to be loyal to him. Max, unfortunately, still loved Randi, and insisted that she loved him, too. But Randi was done with Max. She admitted what she had done to Harold, and he forgave her.
After getting booted out, Jerry and Max, who both were good friends of the Masts, took a trip throughout multiple cities and states, in order to find some new jobs. During which, the two slowly turned from harmless friends to seriously plotting to get rid of Harold. By the time they came back, they had a fully formed murder plan.
Instead of Max doing the killing, which would be too obvious, Jerry would be the one to kill Harold while Max watched the World Series, creating an alibi. Jerry would wait for Harold to walk towards the door to his house, and then he'd shoot him in the back. He did exactly that. Harold was found shortly afterwards and rushed to the hospital, but died later. No one saw Jerry.
Despite their planning, they were caught relatively quickly. There are two reasons for that: the first one was that Max (who was taken in because he had a motive) had an alibi that was, as the Gazette put it, “too perfect.” He had each location he’d been at memorized, noting every second he’d been gone. The second reason was that Max just gave up and told the police during his questioning.
The two were put on trial, and both were found guilty, despite their lawyer's help. Max was killed via electric chair on November 16, 1951, with Jerry having his sentence communed to life in prison. He was let out on parole in 1971.